NIH Website Enables Self-Reporting of COVID-19 Test Results
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has launched a new website, MakeMyTestCount.org, that allows users to anonymously report the results of at-home COVID-19 tests. The site was developed through NIH’s Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) Tech program. An NIH news release explains that while laboratories have an established system for sharing test results, the results of at-home COVID-19 tests are often not reported. MakeMyTestCount.org was built from the system created for lab test results.
With holiday travel and flu and respiratory virus season underway, NIH stresses that COVID-19 tests remain essential public health tools. A record of testing data helps public health departments assess the needs of communities, states, and the nation as a whole and modify their responses accordingly. According to the frequently-asked-questions section of the MakeMyTestCount.org home page, the website’s goal is to help public health workers keep communities safe by tracking how fast COVID-19 spreads and where surges are occurring. Users’ anonymous test results are sent to the same systems that receive test results from labs and doctors’ offices.
For more information, visit MakeMyTestCount.org.
Related: “A Dashboard for COVID-19 Risk,” a feature article published in the October 2022 issue of The Synergist, tells the story of the COVID-19 Exposure Assessment Tool, a free, editable PDF that OEHS professionals can use to determine the relative risk of group projects in the age of COVID-19.