June 18, 2020

Cleveland Clinic develops COVID-19 risk calculator

By: Judy Mathias

Editor's Note

The Cleveland Clinic announced June 15 that its researchers have developed the world’s first model to predict the likelihood of patients testing positive for COVID-19 and their outcomes from the disease.

The model was based on data from nearly 12,000 patients in the Cleveland Clinic’s COVID-19 Registry, including those who tested positive and negative. It also isolated 400 variables and included the data in statistical algorithms to develop the risk calculator.

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The model has been shown to be 85% accurate. It takes only minutes to complete the questions in the risk calculator, and the percentage risk of developing COVID-19 is immediately available.

Among the findings are that patients are less likely to test positive for COVID-19 if they:

  • received the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine and the flu vaccine
  • are taking melatonin (sleep aid), carvedilol (high blood pressure and heart failure medication), or paroxetine (anti-depressent)
  • are of Asian descent.

This nomogram will bring precision medicine to the COVID-19 pandemic, enabling researchers and physicians to predict a patient’s risk of testing positive, the researchers say.


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