Apple today announced a new screening tool and feature set to help people stay informed and take appropriate measures to protect their health during the outbreak. Coronavirus (COVID-19). All information is based on the most recent guidelines from the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC).
The website and the app – both aimed at the American public, but which are useful for anyone – were designed with CDC, the Coronavirus Task Force and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA) to facilitate access to reliable information and guidance.
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In the tools, users answer a series of questions about risk factors, exposure to the virus and symptoms, thus receiving appropriate CDC recommendations on what to do – including guidance on social distance, isolation, symptom monitoring, the need for a test (or no), contact a doctor, etc.
Obviously, this screening tool is not a substitute for instructions from health professionals or guidance from health authorities, but it helps a lot since the outbreak in the US has exploded – the number of cases there has already exceeded China and Italy.
The information provided by the tool also includes answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19, including who is most at risk, how to recognize symptoms, as well as best practices for washing hands, disinfecting surfaces, etc.
Recently, Siri also started reporting on Coronavirus (information also in accordance with CDC practices). At the same time, Americans arriving in the United States are receiving notifications (on iPhones) to remind them of CDC guidelines.
Apple also said that both the website and the app were created with a focus on privacy, without requiring a login and no association with the person’s Apple ID. Informed responses are not sent to Apple or government agencies.
Recently, Tim Cook – who is working from home, like many people – also went to social media to give his message about the outbreak:
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“Hi, it’s Tim. ⠀ ⠀ I’m working from home, as many of you are doing, and I would just like to encourage you to do what the health authorities are suggesting to all of us: stay home whenever possible and , when it is not possible, make sure you are at least 2m away from anyone else. ⠀ ⠀ I am also pleased to say that Apple has acquired and is donating 10 million masks to the medical community in the States United. These people deserve our eternal gratitude for all the work they are doing on the front lines. ⠀ ⠀ I also wanted to take this time to recognize the people we depend on, like warehouse workers, delivery people, people who are filling the shelves of local markets and pharmacies… these people also deserve our gratitude. ⠀ ⠀ It is in these most difficult moments that we show our greatest strength, and I know we will overcome this. ⠀ ⠀ Thank you and take care! ”
As always, it is also worth downloading the official app of the Government of Brazil on the topic to keep yourself properly informed (and in Portuguese):