Apple is jumping into the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic with a new website and app that allows visitors to screen themselves for COVID-19 symptoms.
The new site and app, found at Apple.com/covid19 and on the App Store, was created in partnership with CDC and is designed to give people resources to stay informed on steps you can take to protect your health during the coronavirus outbreak.
When you visit the COVID-19 website Apple will ask you a series of questions to determine how at-risk you are to the coronavirus as well as finding out what your recent exposure has been or if you have any symptoms of COVID-19. You can use the app for yourself or a loved one.
Once you complete all the questions you’ll receive CDC recommendations of the next steps you should follow, whether it be guidance on social distancing or self-isolation. The site will tell you if you should get a test or if it’s possible that you’ve been exposed. No personal information is gathered on the website and your Apple ID isn’t associated with any of the data Apple receives.
“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 said in a statement about the site.
The COVID-19 app and website serve up a bunch of resources to keep you informed on important topics like the proper way to wash your hands, how to clean and disinfect surfaces, how to monitor your symptoms and more.
Siri is also joining the fight. Customers across the US can ask Siri things like “How do I know if I have coronavirus?” Apple has also curated a collection of telehealth apps on the App Store. iPhone users that arrive at international airports in the US will also start receiving notifications reminding them to stay home and follow CDC guidelines.