Mon, 28 Sep 2020

HELSINKI, May 26 (Xinhua) -- Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) released the COVID-19 symptom map application on Tuesday to help people know the latest situation of the disease.

The symptom map application utilizes information contributed to the Omaolo service, which allows people to submit their symptoms if they suspect they have contracted the disease. Omaolo also provides users suggestions on how to treat their symptoms. Omaolo is a Finnish national digital service that helps people assess their need for health care or service.

People who suspect they may have had COVID-19, or others who are just curious about how many in their nationhood may have been infected with the disease, can check the symptom map application to obtain information about the situation of the virus in their district.

With the application, the overall picture of the COVID-19 situation compiled by THL will be supplemented by symptom information reported by people themselves, said the health authority in a press release issued on Tuesday.

"Symptoms reported by citizens themselves increase our understanding of the progress of the epidemic. Alerts based on symptom assessments can predict the future number of COVID-19 cases and the need for treatment," said Sanna Isosomppi, specialist physician at THL, in the press release.

The symptom map shows the number of symptom assessments per 100,000 inhabitants by hospital district and municipality. In addition, the age group distribution of symptom assessments and the daily total number of symptom assessments for the last 14 days can be viewed for the whole country or a single hospital district.

The application is available in Finnish, Swedish and English. The information provided by the symptom map is updated daily at 12:00 noon, said THL.

The information content and features of the symptom map application are being developed. So far, about 500,000 people in Finland have already contributed to the data-gathering site behind the map, said THL.

According to THL, as of Tuesday afternoon, Finland has confirmed a total of 6,628 COVID-19 cases, of which the number of new cases was 29. The death toll reached 312, four more than on the previous day. According to a preliminary estimate, at least 5,100 people have recovered from the disease.

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