It should come no surprise that one of the biggest news items at the moment is the Covid-19 virus. Many people are currently in quarantine and have been practicing social distancing to help reduce the spread of the virus. There is a lot of information that is being shared by a variety of individuals that is false. Particularly during this time it is important to get the correct information
Today Apple, in conjunction with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to produce a new Covid-19 app that is also available on the web at apple.com/covid19.
With the app, or website, you can begin answering questions about symptoms that you, or someone else, have had. Some of these questions include symptoms, travel, if the person lives with someone who has Covid-19, and related questions.
There are a couple of things to note. First, “Your answers will not be shared with Apple or the CDC without your permission”. This means that it is completely anonymous. The second item is
By using this tool, you agree to its terms and that Apple will not be liable for any harm relating to your use.
Recommendations provided by this tool do not constitute medical advice and should not be used to diagnose or treat medical conditions.
Once you have finished the questionnaire, it will provide a recommendation, based upon your answers. One result that everyone should follow is:
You Should Practice Social Distancing
Help stop the spread. When outside the home, stay at least six feet away from other people, avoid groups, and only use public transit if necessary.
It is good to see Apple provide accurate and timely information.
Besides the app, Apple is helping in other ways, as outlined in a video by CEO Tim Cook.