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Apple launches COVID-19 screening app and website

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Apple has taken the necessary steps to launch a website and a new app dedicated to COVID-19 screening today. The resources provide an online screening tool, details about the disease and guidance on when to receive emergency treatment and tests.
Apple developed the site and app in collaboration with the centers for disease control and prevention (CDC), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the white house

The screening tools asks some questions from you. Such as questions about symptoms, recent travel, and contact you may have had with people who have had or been exposed to the virus. After completing the screening process, it says whether you should check for COVID-19.Apple noted in a press release that the screening tool does not replace instructions from healthcare providers or guidance from state and local health authorities

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If you screening results that you may necessary to get a COVID-19 test, apple doesn’t give direct guidance on where to get tested.It merely says that you talk to someone about testing because the test may be limited and inconsistent at the moment and CDC urges people to visit their primary care physician before going to the hospital for a test. Apple urges anyone experiencing difficulty breathing to immediately dial 911
Apple declares it doesn’t collect or share data from the screening tool, nor doesn’t it require logging in with your Apple ID or any other account. Apple collects some details about how you use it. This is done to improve the site. The details collected will not personally identify you As well as it doesn’t ask for location access
Besides, you can also ask Siri “How do I know if I have coronavirus?” and Siri will have you respond to a few screening questions and point you toward from CDC
Apple is not the first to offer online screening resource Amazon Alexa can now help to diagnose COVID-19 to us users and CDC offers an online assessment chatbot built on Microsoft’s healthcare.

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