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This article was published on March 27, 2020

    Apple launches a COVID-19 information tool for the US

    Apple launches a COVID-19 information tool for the US
    Ivan Mehta
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    Ivan Mehta

    Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh." Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh."

    Apple has launched a new screening tool for the US in partnership with CDC (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). The tool, available both as a website and an iOS app, acts as an information center for people across the country.

    The tool also allows you to answer a bunch of questions to determine if you need to quarantine, take a screening test, or contact a medical professional.

    If you go on Apple’s website, and answer its questions, it gives you only two options as a result: Call 911 or don’t call 911. Which doesn’t seem very helpful when there are better tools to help you out with detailed questionnaires.

    Apple’s COVID-19 screening

    Earlier this week, the company rolled out Siri support for coronavirus related questions. Now, users in the US can ask the assistant “How do I know if I have coronavirus?” to get guidelines provided by CDC, and curated app suggestions on the App store; not sure how an app list can help some looking for a medical assistant at that time. 

    Last week, Google also rolled out a dedicated website for US citizens to get accurate information on coronavirus pandemic. Notably, both Google and Apple’s websites don’t guide you through the testing process.

    You can visit Apple’s COVID-19 website to learn more.