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Apple Launches Website And App That Can Be Used To Screen For COVID-19

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Apple has partnered with the CDC, the White House-led Coronavirus Task Force and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to launch a new website and app that will help screen users for COVID-19 symptoms.


The app is just over 6MB in size and works with iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch running iOS 13.1 or later. The website is available to everyone across all platforms and browsers.


The Apple website and the iOS app includes a questionnaire and details about COVID-19. It also contains basic information about best practices and safety tips and a basic screening tool. The site is accessible on mobile and desktop and it includes some quick tips on social distancing, isolation, hand-washing, surface disinfecting and symptom monitoring.


Depending on symptoms, the site will push the user to contact a health care provider or emergency services. It can also inform the user if they do not need to get tested. It will, however, not route the user directly to a testing center.


Apple COVID-19 screening tool
The screening tool will help people know if or not to get tested based on their symptoms.
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Apple notes which data the site is collecting, with a privacy note on the site reading;


“Apple is not collecting your answers from the screening tool. To help improve the site, Apple collects some information about how you use it. The information collected will not personally identify you.”


However, while the app is available only in the US, the website is available worldwide.


This effort follows the announcement by CEO Tim Cook that Apple will donate 10 million face masks across Europe and the US.


Tim Cook. Apple’s CEO had tweeted earlier:


“Our ops teams are helping to find and purchase masks from our supply chain in coordination with governments around the world.”


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