Skip to main content

Apple launches coronavirus screening app and website

Apple has released a screening tool to help people in the U.S. check whether they might be infected with coronavirus, officially called COVID-19, and let them know whether they should seek medical treatment.

The screening tool on Apple’s website asks about symptoms, exposure, and health issues, and then recommends a course of action. To use the screening tool, hit the blue Start Screening button. You’ll then answer a series of questions, and at the end it will advise whether you should go to the emergency room, self-isolate, practice social distancing, or take some other action. It also gives a series of next steps for respondents to take, such as staying away from other people for at least seven days, resting and drinking plenty of fluids, and monitoring symptoms in case they get worse.

Most usefully, the tool also advises you on whether or not you should get tested for the coronavirus. Many people who are not sick have wanted to get tested, and with limited testing resources available in the U.S., this has caused problems. So the advice on whether testing is necessary could help to lessen some of that strain.

The new COVID-19 app and website provide the latest information and guidance from the CDC for users across the US.
The new COVID-19 app and website provide the latest information and guidance from the CDC for people across the U,S. Apple

Apple has also released a COVID-19 app that’s available from the App Store that performs the same functions. The website also includes pages about what the virus is, what people can do to limit the spread of the virus, and how testing for the virus works and who should get tested.

Apple said it has created these resources “in partnership with the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC)], the White House Coronavirus Task Force, and FEMA to make it easy for people across the country to get trusted information and guidance at a time when the U.S. is feeling the heavy burden of COVID-19.”

A similar tool was released earlier this week by the CDC. It made a chatbot available that questions users about their symptoms and suggests a course of action. Digital assistants including Amazon Alexa and Apple’s own Siri will also give advice on what people should do if they think they may be suffering from the coronavirus.

For the latest updates on the novel coronavirus outbreak, visit the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 page.

Editors' Recommendations

Georgina Torbet
Georgina is the Digital Trends space writer, covering human space exploration, planetary science, and cosmology. She…
The EU is preparing an App Store change that Apple won’t like
App Store displayed on an iPhone 14 Pro against a pink background

The EU is narrowing its focus on Apple's App Store, a new report says. Coming from the Financial Times, which cites three sources familiar with the matter, the body now plans to focus on Apple's ban against linking to subscriptions off the App Store. The EU confirmed this report in an update to its statement of objections shared on Tuesday morning.

Where this policy might have been merely annoying at first, the color of it changed once Apple began offering competitors to rival services it had banned from advertising in the store.

Read more
I review phones for a living — here are the 10 apps I can’t live without
iPhone 14 Pro with custom home screen on Mickey Mouse phone holder next to flowers

For most of my life, I think I’ve had a pretty unique career path among my family and friends. Ever since I got the original iPhone, I’ve turned my love for writing into writing about technology, specifically mobile phones. Though I’ve pretty much been iPhone-only for most of my career, since I started at Digital Trends, I’ve been opening up to the world of Android.

Now that I’m checking out both iPhone and Android phones, the world of apps for me has expanded quite a bit. But regardless of what device I’m using, there are some apps that I need before anything else. Here are the first apps that I install when I get a new phone.
1Password (iOS and Android)

Read more
Apple’s iOS 16.4 beta brings new emoji, web app notifications, and more
Sample of new emoji coming in iOS 16.4

Apple has just released the iOS 16.4 beta for developers and anyone else who wants a really early look at the new software. This is the first beta for iOS 16.4, following numerous releases for iOS 16.3.

The first highlighted items for iOS 16.4 are the new Unicode 15 emoji. These are the first new emoji in over a year. Some of these new emoji include a shaking face, pink heart, light blue heart, goose, donkey, angel wing, jellyfish, pea pod, ginger, folding hand fan, maracas, flute, and more. These new emoji additions were originally proposed in July 2022, and they were added to the Unicode standard in September 2022. It has taken a few months for these to get added to iOS because designers at Apple needed to create the icons with the information provided by the Unicode Consortium.

Read more