Apple was working with the Trump administration and other 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. 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.
COVID-19 Screening App
The “COVID-19,” available in the app store will ask users questions about symptoms, location and risk factors and then provide the appropriate up-to-date guidance from the CDC. This app is designed to provide authenticated information to the users.
The information can also be reviewed at the Apple website that will be accessible to the users of Windows PCs, Android phones, and other non-Apple devices.
Along with the new COVID-19 app and website, customers across the US may also ask Siri, “How do I know if I have coronavirus?” to access guidance and resources from the CDC and a curated collection of telehealth apps available on the App Store.
Apple keeping the privacy issues in mind declared that it will not collect the answers users give to the app and website’s questions and that the answers will not be shared with either Apple or any government entity.