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How the University of Oxford algorithm decides who should protect
By Rowland Manthorpe, Technology Correspondent

A new algorithm has been developed to try to calculate who is at higher risk for COVID-19 due to several factors, so you need to protect, but how does it work?

Quite simply, this algorithm works by using the details of your medical records to gauge your likelihood of catching coronavirus and dying.

He sifts through this information, then gives you a score out of 100: a high score means you’re more likely to catch COVID-19 and die, a low score means it’s less likely to happen.

People with the highest scores are added to the protection list and prioritized for vaccination.

Whether you get one of the highest scores depends on your personal characteristics such as your age, gender or ethnicity, as well as your weight relative to your height.

Seniors are known to be more vulnerable to COVID-19. Men are more vulnerable, so they will get higher scores. The same applies to ethnicity.

Other factors that will increase your score include whether you smoke, be homeless, or most importantly, take certain types of medication.

Some cancer patients, for example, were not on the first protective list. This algorithm can browse the NHS database, select these people, and then flag them for vaccination.

And poverty is known to be linked to more severe COVID-19 outcomes and this algorithm includes a measure of deprivation, based on your zip code.

Learn more here.


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