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Apple releases COVID-19 screening app, website

March 27, 2020, 4:43 PM UTC

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Apple has released a free screening tool to help people better understand the risk factors and symptoms of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The app and website, which were created in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and FEMA, are designed to be a resource for people to get reliable information about the pandemic, as well as guidance on best practices.

Users can answer a series of questions about risk factors, recent possible exposure and symptoms. From there, the CDC will offer suggestions on next steps on isolation and how to monitor symptoms. It will also suggest whether a test for the virus is recommended at this time.

Apple, in a statement, said the test will not collect any personal information from users.

“Consistent with Apple’s strong dedication to user privacy, the COVID-19 app and website were built to keep all user data private and secure,” Apple said. “The tools do not require a sign-in or association with a user’s Apple ID, and users’ individual responses will not be sent to Apple or any government organization.”

The screening tool asks a series of questions, including any symptoms you or a loved one is experiencing, existing health conditions, whether you’ve traveled internationally, how prevalent COVID-19 is in your area, and whether you work or live in a care facility.

The app will also offer links to resources to help people stay informed about the virus.

Experts continue to worry that the spread of the coronavirus will overwhelm hospitals in the U.S. (as they did in China) and worry about a ventilator shortage.

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