Apple Inc and the White House said on Friday that the iPhone maker worked with the Trump administration and federal agencies to release an app and website that will direct users to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control on the disease caused by the coronavirus. The app, which will be available in the app store as “COVID-19,” will ask users questions about symptoms, location and risk factors and then provide the appropriate up-to-date guidance from the CDC, White House officials said.
The tool is a sort of guide on social distancing and self-isolating, how to closely monitor symptoms, recommendations on testing, and when to contact a medical provider. Apple clearly mentions that the self-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 website and app comprise of several questions about current health, recent travel, and possible contact with Covid-19 patients. It provides recommendations on whether you need to be tested for Covid-19 or not, based on your answers.
The application will likewise address habitually posed inquiries about the coronavirus sickness with authentic data from the CDC. A similar data will be accessible at a site www.apple.com/covid19 that will be available to the clients of Windows PCs, Android telephones and other non-Apple gadgets. Apple said that it won’t gather the appropriate responses clients provide for the application and site’s inquiries and that the appropriate responses won’t be sent to either Apple or any administration substance.
How coronavirus spreads
- Respiratory droplets generated when you cough or sneeze
- Close, prolonged personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
- Touching something with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands
If you have COVID-19, reduce contact with others
- Stay at home and self-isolate (unless directed to seek medical care)
- avoid individuals in hospitals and long-term care centres.
- avoid having visitors to your home
- cover your mouth and nose with your arm when coughing and sneezing