Apple Launches App and Website to Provide Screening For COVID-19

Vaibhav Srivastava
2 April 2020

Be it any part of the world, USA, Italy, Spain, India, Iran, Australia or Japan, Coronavirus pandemic has taken almost every country under its grip. The symptoms of coronavirus are nearly similar to any normal flu. But, how do we differentiate whether it’s a common flu or you have coronavirus? In a time when the coronavirus cases continue to rise all around the world, Apple launches app and website to provide screening for COVID-19.

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The app and website by Apple Inc. is developed in collaboration with the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the White House. As per the website, the screening tool for COVID-19 is of great help to understand what we should do next to fight against the COVID-19. Once you click on the ‘Start Screening’ button, it would request you to reply to a few questions which are related to the symptoms, your age, existing diseases, travel history, among many others. One of the best things about the website is, it does not share any information neither with the CDC or with Apple without your permission.

The website is very simple to use and a person with limited technical knowledge would also be able to use it. The tool begins with two choices whether you are using it for yourself or for someone else. Furthermore, it will ask your age, if you are under 18, between 18 and 64 or above 65. Then, it will show you a list of the symptoms which you can select. After this, the website will ask you if you are pregnant or have any existing disease, such as asthma, diabetes, kidney failure, etc. Moving forward, it will ask you if you have travelled abroad or come in contact with someone having coronavirus. 

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If your answers are not matching the symptoms, the website will simply ask you to practice social distancing as your replies suggest you don’t need any test at this time.

So, if you have any doubt about your health or you are thinking you could be one of the victims of coronavirus, you should definitely browse the website, today.

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