Apple today introduced new features for its COVID-19 screening app, which is designed to help people stay informed and take the proper steps to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The 2.0 version of the app adds a feature for seceding a state or resident to see specific guidance information form the state’s health department, and it provides tips for keeping physically and mentally healthy.
Apple has also updated its accompanying COVID-19 website to provide the same information to users.
With the new state feature, users can choose their. state to be directed to coronavirus guidelines offer by the state health department, and viable information and guidelines will vary by location. California, for example, Apple directs users to covid19.ca.gov, a website that provides dose and don’ts symptoms to watch out for, emotional health resources, information about financial help, and more
The update adds many self-care tips to both the app and website, such as staying hydrated, exercising for 30 minutes a day, getting adequate sleep, taking breaks for fun and relaxing activities, stimulating the brain through books, puzzle or painting , talking to people, and journaling.
It provides shopping tips like purchasing two week fo groceries at a time. Stocking up on long-lasting foods, buying extra household items, and taking precautions such as wearing gloves and wiping down shopping carts.
Apple’s site app also offer tips on working form home, creating a household emergency plan, and what to do if you get sick.
Apple designed its COVID-19 app and website in partnership with the CDC, White House Coronavirus Take Force, and FEMA. Along with the features introduced today, the tools provided by Apple let user answer series of questions or risk factors recent exposure, and symptoms to receive CDC recommendations on the next steps that they need to take.
The screening tools is available to anyone who is 18 years or older in the United States. Data provided in the COVID-19 app and on the website is not share with Apple, the CDC, or other government agencies.