In the year or so since the first case of COVID-19 was reported in China, Indigenous communities have faced unique health risks and challenges, underscoring the need for Indigenous communities to assess their own health risks so that they can make better decisions about their communities.

That is what Tarun Katapally, a patient-oriented research leader and professor at the University of Regina’s Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, is seeking to accomplish through the development of a mobile phone application called CO-Away.

“The CO-Away app allows people to assess their own risk of getting COVID-19,” explains Katapally. “It’s not a contact tracing app, but one that interacts with people based on their behaviour, and tells them what their risk level is.”