Apple Announces New COVID-19 Screening Tool App and Website Based on CDC Guidelines

Apple has launched a new COVID-19 app which is based on CDC guidance. It offers a set of screening tools and resources that aimed at helping people protect themselves from the outbreak. The COVID-19 tool is available in both app and website form.

Apple today released a new screening tool and set of resources to help people stay informed and take the proper steps to protect their health during the spread of COVID-19, based on the latest CDC guidance. The new COVID-19 website, and COVID-19 app available on the App Store, were created in partnership with the CDC,1 the Coronavirus Task Force and FEMA to make it easy for people across the country to get trusted information and guidance at a time when the US is feeling the heavy burden of COVID-19.

The COVID-19 app works by asking a set of questions in order to ascertain risk factors, recent exposure, and symptoms. Once done they will receive a set of instructions that will help them monitor symptoms, self-isolate and practice Social Distancing. However, Apple puts up a disclaimer and says the new tool is designed for individuals and is not a replacement for instructions from health care providers.

The website has been jointly developed by CDC, FEMA, and The White House. Meanwhile, U.S. customers can also ask Siri, “How do I know if I have coronavirus?” Travelers using international airports will receive notifications on their iPhone and will be reminded of CDC guidelines. As far as data security is concerned, Apple assures that the app/website will not collect personal information whatsoever.

Our Take

We have seen quite a few self-reporting COVID-19 apps. While some of them are legit the others might end up being a scam. It is best we rely on tools developed by local health authorities, hospitals or companies like Apple.

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