Apple has updated its COVID-19 screening app, which provides a screening tool so users can find out what they should do now for themselves or for a loved one to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
The new version of the app provides updated symptoms and recommended actions that align with the CDC guidelines. The CDC recently added several new symptoms that can indicate the coronavirus, including chills, shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of smell or taste.
The app also offers tips for wearing a cloth mask to protect yourself and others. Tips include how to create a mask, how and where to wear it, and how to sanitize it.
This update includes additional language support, bug fixes and improvements, including:
• Updated symptoms and recommended actions to align with latest CDC guidelines
• Tips for using a cloth mask to protect yourself and others
Apple has also updated its accompanying COVID-19 website to provide the same information.
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.
The Apple COVID-19 app is free and is available in the App Store. [GET IT HERE]