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Apple’s COVID-19 App Updated With New Screening Questions, Recommendations to Prevent Coronavirus

Apple's COVID-19 app is only accessible in the US.

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Apple’s COVID-19 App Updated With New Screening Questions, Recommendations to Prevent Coronavirus

Apple’s COVID-19 app was launched in March

Highlights
  • Apple updates its COVID-19 app, bringing version to 5.0
  • New questions and recommendations have been added
  • Apple teamed up with CDC, FEMA to keep app updated

Apple launched its own COVID-19 app back in March, right after the coronavirus outbreak was declared a pandemic. Now, the Cupertino-based tech giant has added new improvements to the app in its latest update. It should be noted that the app is only available in the US. The app, and its accompanying website, asks users questions related to symptoms, location, and risk factors. Based on the answers, it would provide appropriate and up-to-date guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

As reported by 9to5Mac, Apple brings updated recommendations to version 5.0 of its COVID-19 app. It also adds new questions to improve the screening process that determines the severity of COVID-19 symptoms. Apple partnered with CDC and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to keep the app updated with the latest, trusted information about the coronavirus. The update release notes, as seen on the App Store, reads, "Updated recommendations and new questions for symptom severity and COVID-19 test results." 

While the app is restricted to US users only, you can access the website without a hitch. From the homepage, you can click on the Start Screening button and take a quick questionnaire to figure out any risk you might be facing, or suggestions on proper steps to take should your conditions are deemed serious. The questions appear to be similar to the ones seen on the self-assessment questionnaire found on India's Aarogya Setu app.

In other Apple-related news, the recently launched iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro went up for pre-orders today in India.

iPhone 12 is priced at Rs. 79,900 for the 64GB storage variant, while its 128GB option and 256GB variant retails at Rs. 84,900 and Rs. 94,900, respectively. In contrast, the iPhone 12 Pro is priced at Rs. 1,19,900 for the 128GB storage variant. The 256GB and 512GB storage options are priced at Rs. 1,29,900 and Rs. 1,49,900, respectively.


Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.

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Shayak Majumder Shayak Majumder is Chief Sub Editor at Gadgets 360. A journalist since 2013, he has worked both on the field as well as behind the desk in several organisations including Indian Express Online and MSN. As a reporter, he covered a wide range of verticals, from politics to the development sector. While at Indian Express, he regularly reviewed video games, gaming hardware and the growth of MMORPG in India. He is also a passionate musician and a former trainer, currently working on his upcoming EP. ...More

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