If the online tool decides you had better get tested it will provide you with a test code that will allow you to attend a test centre. The aim is to ease pressure on family doctors.
The tool is available in Dutch, French and German via mijngezondheid.be.
Karine Moykens of the Covid taskforce says the tool was developed in consultation with GPs, paediatricians and epidemiologists in order to decide what advice it should provide.
“Either you will be advised to get tested or you will be told that there doesn’t seem to be an immediate risk of coronavirus. If a PCR test is recommended you will see a link taking you to the online tool where you will receive a free test code.”
The questionnaire is entirely anonymous, but via the link to the test code you will have to provide personal information. If you feel really ill or are a patient at risk, you should contact your GP.”
The tool can only be accessed online. Moykens concedes that people with devious intentions can always fill it in and get a free test code if they so wish.
“We’re counting on people’s common sense. There is a safety feature. The free tests can only be generated every eleven days to ensure people can’t use the tool to attend an event or go away on holiday”.