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Lynx Virtual COVID-19 Self-Screening for Learners

Published 2021-02-01 10:29:55


As schools reopen, the Department of Basic Education, school governing bodies, principals and teachers need to ensure that learners are provided safe spaces to continue learning amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), symptoms of COVID-19 typically appear 5–14 days after exposure to the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) virus.1 Due to the delayed onset nature of the virus, one of the most effective mitigation techniques to exercise is daily symptom screening of children and adults at home.

To assist learning institutions, teaching staff, parents/guardians, and learners in mitigating school infections and continuing learner development, our daily COVID-19 screening app, Lynx Virtual, allows users to complete COVID-19 symptom screening to monitor any threat of COVID-19 in the school setting.

The screening module is designed to capture student and parent information related to COVID-19 such as vital clinical information, travel history, contact details, as well as tracking and reporting on potential cases and clinical outcomes via visual dashboards. The app is available on Android, iOS (Apple), and Web App. Because Lynx Virtual is an e-screening tool, one application can screen the whole family or household using any mobile, tablet, or web device with an internet connection.

Lynx-Virtual allows individuals to register as users, after which they will have access to a dashboard where they can complete a series of screening questions. The information from the screening is then captured and stored securely for data management and reporting purposes.

To get started with screening using Lynx Virtual, the parent/guardian launches the app and opens the child's profile. After opening the child's profile, the parent/guardian will be required to complete the screening questions. After saving, a pop-up screen indicating that the screening is complete will appear in either green or red, as illustrated below.

It is important to note that if a person self-screens before work or school and receives a red pop-up alert after screening to not report to the workplace or school. Individuals must immediately contact their employers or healthcare professional and the SA NDoH helpline on 0800 029 999 for further assistance.

After each screening, Lynx Virtual generates a unique QR code for the results. Upon arrival at school, parents/guardians or learners of suitable age can open Lynx Virtual and present their QR code to be scanned by the teacher. Once the teacher has access to the learner's results, they can record the learner's temperature and add it into the learner's record. The teacher can then search for a learner, track their screening history, rapidly identify COVID threats, verify the learners latest screening results, and log the learner's entry into the school from a smartphone or tablet.

Designed as a hybrid solution, Lynx Virtual utilises Qode Knowledge Center, an Azure cloud-based big data service to generate customised reports related to COVID-19 screening. Through Knowledge Center, schools can access near real-time information of COVID-19 screening being done in their environment, which allows them to proactively detect potential COVID-19 carriers and take early action to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks.

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