With the COVID-19 disease infecting a lot of people throughout the world, there are plenty of ways we can protect ourselves and those close to us. Frequently washing our hands and avoiding human contact are perhaps the best options we can make in this tough period.
Apple is now lending a hand in the fight against the new coronavirus. With its dedicated website and app, the tech giant from Cupertino is giving users the chance to screen themselves for COVID-19 symptoms. They can also receive recommendations coming from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to find out what to do next. The new tool was built in partnership with the CDC (the White House’s coronavirus task force) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
It’s not a cure for the disease
Apple put it very clear that the new tool cannot replace authorized medical care:
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 explains more clearly what is the intention of the new tool:
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 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.
Also, people using the new Apple tool can receive answers to frequently asked questions about the new coronavirus, including how to protect themselves and their loved ones.
Although some might say that Apple’s new tool doesn’t help much, the truth is that mankind could use any kind of help right now in fighting the COVID-19 disease.