Apple's COVID-19 App Gains Features for Accessing State Guidelines and Self Care Tips

Apple today introduced new features for its COVID-19 screening app, which is designed to help people stay informed and take the proper steps to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.The 2.0 version of the app adds a feature for selecting a state of residence to see specific guidance information from that state's health department, and it provides tips for keeping physically and mentally healthy.

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Apple has also updated its accompanying COVID-19 website to provide the same information to users.

With the new state feature, users can choose their state to be directed to coronavirus guidelines offered by the state health department, and available information and guidelines will vary by location. In California, for example, Apple directs users to covid19.ca.gov, a website that provides dos and don'ts, symptoms to watch out for, emotional health resources, information about financial help, and more.

The update adds many self-care tips to both the app and website, such as staying hydrated, exercising for 30 minutes a day, getting adequate sleep, taking breaks for fun and relaxing activities, stimulating the brain through books, puzzles, or painting, talking to people, and journaling.

It provides shopping tips like purchasing two weeks of groceries at a time, stocking up on long-lasting foods, buying extra household items, and taking precautions such as wearing gloves and wiping down shopping carts.

Apple's site and app also offer tips on working from home, creating a household emergency plan, and what to do if you get sick.

Apple designed its COVID-19 app and website in partnership with the CDC, White House Coronavirus Task Force, and FEMA. Along with the features introduced today, the tools provided by Apple let users answer a series of questions on risk factors, recent exposure, and symptoms to receive CDC recommendations on the next steps that they need to take.

The screening tool is available to anyone who is 18 years or older in the United States. Data provided in the COVID-19 app and on the website is not shared with Apple, the CDC, or other government agencies.

Top Rated Comments

trusso Avatar
29 months ago

Data provided in the COVID-19 app and on the website is not shared with Apple, the CDC, or other government agencies.
If only we knew this to be 100% true. :oops:

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
roland.g Avatar
29 months ago

Apple would not do this because ...
they're not an authorized government outlet/outfit to show information of health directly related to COVID-19; this could be a legal issue for them that they'd NOT win.
Also notice how their stating the link to the government source and abilty to change your current state?!

This is also why no direct readings for health via WatchOS can be done. This app is more an advisory - just like anything on Android OS as well.

Here in Canada our provincial governments (at least in Ontario, Alberta, and Quebec) have launched an app directly themselves.

It's a great idea you have to have this integrated into Health app but Apple, most likely by law, cannot and will not do this.
I also believe Apple should put a few 'tabs' down at the bottom of the Wallet app and move ALL commerce related apps to that app, so that becomes the "folder" for accessing everything from restaurants/food/Amazon/etc. That would clean up 30% of the apps on my phone.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DeepIn2U Avatar
29 months ago

Apple, you needed a separate app??! You couldn't integrate all of this into the already existing Health app. Wow you really don't get it.
Apple would not do this because ...
they're not an authorized government outlet/outfit to show information of health directly related to COVID-19; this could be a legal issue for them that they'd NOT win.
Also notice how their stating the link to the government source and abilty to change your current state?!

This is also why no direct readings for health via WatchOS can be done. This app is more an advisory - just like anything on Android OS as well.

Here in Canada our provincial governments (at least in Ontario, Alberta, and Quebec) have launched an app directly themselves.

It's a great idea you have to have this integrated into Health app but Apple, most likely by law, cannot and will not do this.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Tech198 Avatar
29 months ago
the specific state wouldn't be needed if we *alll* followed the same rules to begin with. No wonder why there is confusion..

Bette safe, than sorry.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
weup togo Avatar
29 months ago
and it doesn't even work right on the iPad, what a hollow shell of a once-great company
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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