Apple today updated its COVID-19 screening app to add a feature to allow users to select their state of residence to see guidance from that state’s health department, as well as tips for keeping physically and mentally healthy.
Apple has also updated its accompanying COVID-19 website to provide the same information to users.
This update includes bug fixes and improvements, including:
• Ability to select state of residence to see guidance from that state’s health department
• Tips for keeping yourself and others physically and mentally healthy
The new features allow users to select their state to be directed to coronavirus guidelines form their state health department. Available information and guidelines will vary by state. For example, in Tennessee, users are directed to the tn.gov website where local resources and information are available.
The app also offers self-care tips, such as staying hydrated, exercising, getting enough sleep, staying mentally stimulated by reading, putting together puzzles, and more.
Tips for shopping and stocking up on foods with long shelf lives, and taking precautions while shopping are also available, as are tips on working from home, creating an emergency plan for your home, and more are available.
Apple partnered with the CDC, the White House Coronavirus Task Force, and FEMA on the website and app.
The COVID-19 app and website allow users to answer a series of questions around risk factors, recent exposure, and symptoms for themselves or a loved one. In turn, they will receive CDC recommendations on next steps, including guidance on social distancing and self-isolating, how to closely monitor symptoms, whether or not a test is recommended at this time, and when to contact a medical provider. This new screening tool is designed to be a resource for individuals and does not replace instructions from healthcare providers or guidance from state and local health authorities.
The app and website also offer access to coronavirus-related resources to allow folks to stay informed about the outbreak and get assistance if needed. Users will receive answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19, including who is most at risk and how to recognize symptoms. In addition, they will learn the most up-to-date information from the CDC like best practices for washing hands, disinfecting surfaces and monitoring symptoms.
The screening tool can be used by anyone who is 18 years or older in the United States. Apple assures users that the COVID-19 app and website were built to keep all user data private and secure. The tools do not require a sign-in or association with a user’s Apple ID, and users’ individual responses will not be sent to Apple or any government organization.