Apple creates coronavirus screening tool

Posted on Monday, April 6, 2020 by Nicole Fracasso

To help others understand what to do next about the COVID-19 pandemic, Apple has created a new website and app consisting of eight questions to advise others on how they should be handling the pandemic.

These questions center around the COVID-19 risk factors, symptoms and exposure to determine whether you should self-quarantine, or if you need to get tested for the virus.

“The new COVID-19 website, and COVID-19 app, available on the App Store, were created in partnership with the CDC, the White House 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,” said Apple in a recent statement.

The main purpose of the screening tool is to help keep people informed, but Apple strongly suggests reaching out to your local healthcare authorities if you feel you may be at risk.

In addition, Apple is also offering customers across the country the ask Siri function. Simply ask Siri, “How do I know if I have the coronavirus?” And she will reply with a similar series of questions and advice from the CDC.

Apple also ensures users that they have a strong dedication to their privacy, therefore there are no sign-in requirements and responses will not be sent to Apple or any other organizations.

“As always, the data is yours and your privacy is protected,” said Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, in a recent tweet. “Stay safe and healthy.”

For more information on how to handle the current COVID-19 pandemic, check out our Coronavirus Resources & Information page to stay up to date.

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