If you’re still waiting to get vaccinated against COVID-19, staying at home is your best defense against the highly contagious coronavirus. But what if you have medicines to buy, an appointment with a doctor, or a swab test to take?
Simple— have them come to you. These apps and social media platforms get the job done without you having to leave the comforts and safety of your home! (Read: 5 Practical Tips for Families Infected With COVID-19)
If You Need to Speak to a Doctor: Bayanihan E-Konsulta
An initiative of Vice President Leni Robredo, this free medical consultation service is for outpatient cases in the National Capital Region and other areas with no access to doctors or other telecommunication platforms. It was also created to ease the overwhelming caseloads of doctors and healthcare workers.
To avail of the service, go to Bayanihan E-Konsulta’s Facebook page. Click the Message button, type KONSULTA or TULONG followed by the details of your case, and wait for a volunteer front-liner to get in touch with you. (Read: 5 Steps to Use ‘Bayanihan E-Konsulta’ on Facebook)
If You Need a COVID-19 Test: AIDE App
Siblings Paolo, Pamela, and Patrick Bugayong are the founders of this home health application that gives you access to a wide array of personalized care and treatment solutions. COVID-19 testing (from the gold standard RT-PCR swab test to the affordable and fast Antigen Rapid Test, and the new Antigen Saliva Testing) is among the services offered, along with laboratory testing, vaccination, chat consultation, video consultation, nursing care, physical therapy, medicine delivery, and others.
Download the mobile app through the App Store or Google Play and choose the service that applies to your specific needs.
If You Want to Avoid Infection: NOVID App
Developed by Carnegie Mellon University mathematician Po-Shen Loh, this contact-tracing app alerts you of COVID-positive persons within your circle of family and friends. (Read: 3 Ways to Support a Friend Who Tested Positive for COVID-19)
Without giving their name or personal information, users of the app will self-report if they tested positive for the coronavirus (or if they are symptomatic, exposed, or vaccinated). Thereafter, they can check on the app to see if there are any COVID-positive users in their midst, or if they have encountered someone who recently reported a positive test result.
Download the app on Google Play.