Apple launches free COVID-19 screening tool to “help you understand what to do next”

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Apple has launched a new COVID-19 website and app aimed at providing a screening tool for the virus and “help you understand what to do next”.

The tool was developed by Apple, the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) and the US government’s coronavirus task force to provide people with official up-to-date information on the outbreak.

Users will be asked a range of questions about their age, general health, newly developed symptoms and where they have travelled over the last 14 days.

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It will then provide users with a range of “next steps” such as isolating from others, informing your place of work about symptoms and whether calling your doctor and seeking a test is necessary at this point.

Apple does not require people to provide an email address or any personal information to use the tool, which is also accessible on all devices.

A subsidiary of Google’s parent company Alphabet is also understood to be working on a similar COVID-19 screening tool, with more than 1000 Google volunteers working on the project.

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