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High school student helps San Antonio build coronavirus self-screening webpage

We can all do our part to combat COVID-19. Rishabh Jain has done his.

SAN ANTONIO — The City of San Antonio's website has begun to offer a self-screening tool to help residents decide if they should seek medical attention regarding the novel coronavirus. It can't diagnosis you, but it can provide clarity. 

Sixteen-year-old Rishabh Jain helped the city's IT team build the page.

As of Tuesday, nearly 31,000 people have completed the test.

"We saw the mayor talk about coronavirus," he said. "It just popped in my head, 'I need to do something about this.'"

The Reagan High School junior got to work. A teen with an interest in computer science, Jain helped city staff build this vital webpage. 

"We decided to make a little software for them, like a response page," he said.

The page has only been around for a week. According to the city, the nine-question screening helps people understand if they should seek testing from their healthcare provider, depending on the symptoms.

"There is coding to design the website," he said. "And to make some logic on how to figure out which answers you give, what result you will get. We had to figure that out. It took some time."

Jain said it was more than hundred hours of work with everyone involved. But, he said he believes the time and effort was all worth it.

"I was just doing it as a volunteer with the city," he said. "But to see my work with my family and their team...it really just makes me feel good that I have done something for the community."

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