In times of crisis, rumors fly thick and fast, creating panic. So, having a trusted source, offering up-to-date guidance on the issue can be a resource of sorts for individuals. The new Apple COVID-19 app and COVID-19 website from Apple is designed with this purpose. It makes easier for people across the United States to know the risk factors associated with the outbreak and keep themselves updated against the deadly coronavirus.
The COVID-19 app offers an online screening tool that gives vital information about the disease caused by coronavirus and provide guidance from the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) on testing for coronavirus and emergency care.
On the website, you can access a screening tool that willask you questions about symptoms, age, health conditions, travel, and yourexposure to areas where COVID-19 is widespread.
How to use Apple COVID-19 App/Website for screening
1. You first begin by answering few questions about symptoms you may or may not be experiencing, alongside your travel history and contacts (physical) details. .
2. If you are experiencing one or all of the following symptoms then, you should stop proceeding any further and call 911 right away.
- Constant chest pain or pressure
- Extreme difficulty breathing
- Difficulty waking up
- Severe, constant dizziness or lightheadedness
- Slurred speech
3. If you don’t have any of the above symptoms, specify how old are you on the next page, when directed and select any one symptom from the list provided therewith.
4. Next, select any underlying condition associated with the symptom.
5. Choose an option related to your travel history in the recent path (14 days).
6. Give additional details regarding above by specifying if you live in an area where COVID-19 is widespread or if you just visited an area where COVID-19 is widespread.
7. Before leading you to a course of action, the app will seek response for one last question – you live or work in a care facility? This includes a hospital, emergency room, other medical setting, or long-term facility.
After answering, follow the CDC recommendations, including guidance on social distancing and self-isolating to keep yourself as well as others safe!