Apple Releases a New COVID-19 Self-Screening Tool

A representation of a coronavirus.CDC

Today Apple unveiled a new selves tracking tool for COVID-19. You will answer basic questions about your symptoms and your likelihood of exposure, then the site will give you advice based on those answers. The company developed the tool in collaboration with the CDC and the White House, and it is free to use.

Appleā€™s tool is very similar to a self-filtering chatbot built by Microsoft and hosted on the CDC website. The two tools ask almost identical questions and provide advice based on CDC guidelines. The CDC chatbot is a little more complete, because it breaks down the age groups more and asks for the state you live in, and it is a little faster to use.

In either case, you will answer questions about age, if you work in and around hospitals, your symptoms, and the level of exposure in your area. Depending on your responses, the tools may tell you to go to the emergency room or to isolate yourself, and if your symptoms match COVID-19.

Both are quick to mention that a self-testing tool is not the same as going to the doctor, but hopefully it will help some to avoid an unnecessary emergency room visit.

via Apple, CDC

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