The Coronavirus SUS application, from the Ministry of Health, aims to make the population aware of the disease through official news and correct guidelines for prevention and identification of symptoms. The app is available for free download on Android and iPhone phones (iOS) and provides, among other things, a map with the health facilities closest to the individual’s location and a self-examination form to identify possible contamination.
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Coronavirus SUS has accumulated more than 100 thousand downloads in the Play Store, since its launch in the last week of February. In the App Store, Apple’s system store, the application is in 7th place in the list of most downloaded apps this Friday (13th), according to the App Annie platform, a consultancy specialized in the mobile market.
Coronavirus application from the Ministry of Health – Photo: Rodrigo Fernandes / dnetc
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The application’s home page displays a map with the user’s surroundings, according to the authorization to access the cell phone coordinates. To facilitate the search for medical help, the nearest health units are indicated, based on the location of the smartphone. Just touch one of the icons to check information about the health centers, such as the full address and telephone number.
Map displays health units close to the user – Photo: Reproduction / dnetc
The option «How is your health at the moment» allows the user to classify his current health status and, if he reports that he is sick, he can fill out a self-assessment form, selecting the symptoms he is feeling, if he has had contact with suspected or confirmed cases from Covid-19 in the last 14 days and if you were in another country.
If the virtual exam indicates that there is a possibility of infection, the user will be instructed to look for a health unit and to follow measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, such as wearing masks, washing hands and avoiding crowds.
Coronavirus application, from the Ministry of Health, allows self-examination of the disease – Photo: Reproduction / Rodrigo Fernandes
The app also explains in detail the symptoms of the disease, what are the coronaviruses, the ways of transmission and prevention, who should wear masks, how the diagnosis is made and information for people who will travel to regions affected by the disease.
As a way to prevent the spread of false information about the disease, the application dedicates a section to gather an official news feed from the Ministry of Health, with notes published on the website and on the social networks of the agency.
Coronavirus SUS application brings tips for combat – Photo: Reproduction / dnetc
The app also has a link to the entity’s communication channels aimed at checking facts about the coronavirus. Any user can confirm the veracity of news and images received through the website www.saude.gov.br/fakenews, by WhatsApp (61) 99289-4640 or by Disque Saúde 136.
The Ministry of Health announced the launch of the application on its Twitter profile on February 29. To date, the app has more than 100,000 downloads on the Google Play Store.
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