Apple has released a new online screening tool that could help in the battle against COVID-19. The Cupertino, CA-based company worked on the COVID-19 website and COVID-19 app in partnership with the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, the White House Coronavirus Task Force and FEMA.
In a release, the company said the COVID-19 app and website allow users to answer a series of questions around risk factors, recent exposure, and symptoms for themselves or a loved one. In turn, they will receive CDC recommendations on the next steps, including guidance on social distancing and self-isolating, how to closely monitor symptoms, whether or not a test is recommended at this time, and when to contact a medical provider. This new screening tool is designed to be a resource for individuals and does not replace instructions from healthcare providers or guidance from state and local health authorities.
Apple also said in the release that the app and website offer access to resources to help people stay informed and get the support they need. Users will receive answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19, including who is most at risk and how to recognize symptoms. In addition, they will learn the most up-to-date information from the CDC like best practices for washing hands, disinfecting surfaces and monitoring symptoms.
Over the last few months, Apple has been on an upward trajectory when it comes to its commitment to healthcare. In November the company deepened its medical research commitment through a new research app.