Friday, Apple launched an application (iOS and iPadOS) called Apple COVID-19 and one COVID-19 website filtering tool, a disease that can develop from exposure to the coronavirus. The application and website use information from the CDC to “help people stay informed and take appropriate action to protect their health during the spread of COVID-19”. Apple said it has worked with the CDC, the White House Coronavirus task force, and FEMA to develop screening tools.
The short version of what the app and website do is ask very simple questions of yourself or someone you are helping to use the screening tool, and then provide information and recommendations. based on current CDC guidelines. The iOS and iPadOS apps are free to download, but require Apple devices. The website version of the screening tool is accessible by any modern web browser and is also free.
“The app and the website also provide access to resources to help people stay informed and get the support they need,” Apple said in a press release. “Users will receive answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19, including who is most at risk and how to recognize the symptoms. In addition, they will learn the most up-to-date information from the CDC such as best practices for washing hands, disinfecting surfaces and monitoring symptoms.
As noted, the questions are fairly simple and the process only takes a few minutes. After following the process myself, the website recommended that I practice social distance and monitor myself for symptoms, as shown in the screenshot below.