Apple releases new COVID-19 app and website
Apple releases new COVID-19 app and website

Recently, Apple released a website and COVID-19 app with a screening tool. It has all the information on the coronavirus pandemic. Apple’s statement on this is that the app and site are intended to “make it easier for people across the country to obtain reliable information and guidance at a time when the United States is feeling the heavy burden of COVID-19.”

The main aim is to spread awareness regarding COVID-19. They developed in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the White House coronavirus task force and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Besides, the COVID-19 app and website include a screening tool that asks users to answer a variety of questions about risk factors, recent exposure and symptoms, Apple said in an announcement. Based on their responses, they will receive CDC commendations on the next steps, including “indications on social distancing and self-isolation, on how to carefully monitor symptoms, if a test is recommended at this time and when to contact a doctor.”

The Apple corporation said that the screening tool does not replace the instructions of doctors and healthcare professionals or the indications of state and local health authorities.

The statement which they released along with the app and website is as follows. “To help you stay informed, understand the symptoms and take appropriate measures to protect your health, Apple has created a COVID-19 website and US app in partnership with the CDC,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook in a tweet on Friday. “As always, the data is yours and your privacy is protected. Stay safe and healthy.”

Apart from the information, it will also provide a screening tool. Apple said the app and website will offer answers to frequently asked questions about coronavirus, as well as up-to-date information from the CDC, including best practices for handwashing and how to monitor symptoms.

“The White House commends companies like Apple Inc. for responding to President Trump’s call for a public-private alliance against this invisible enemy,” said a senior White House official in a statement on Friday. The CDC plans to encourage other companies to build additional COVID-19 tools by openly sourcing the recommendations and basic algorithms, the official said.

Apple COVID-19 app
Users can answer a series of questions around risk factors, recent exposure and symptoms in order to receive CDC recommendations on next steps. They can also access a set of resources from the CDC to help them stay informed and get the support they need. Source: Apple

Previously, Apple updated its digital assistant Siri to help guide people worried about coronavirus symptoms. Summoned by asking Siri “How do I know if I have coronavirus?”, the assistant will respond with the survey that uses yes and no answers to try to guide people on potential next steps.

The CDC also has a coronavirus self-monitoring chatbot on its website that can evaluate people’s symptoms and risk factors and help them make decisions about seeking medical treatment. This tool was developed using the Microsoft Healthcare Bot service.

Leave a Reply