Apple Made a Pretty Solid Covid-19 Screening Tool

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There is no shortage of technology companies willing to help fight the current Covid-19 pandemic. Intel recently Reserved $ 6 million for assistance. Google is Commits $ 50 million to ease efforts. Being telecom forgo data breaches and late fees. Among them are companies like Apple that have developed Covid-19 screening tools that anyone can use at home as long as they have an internet connection.

The tools, which Apple developed in partnership with the CDC, The White House, and FEMA, asks you to answer a series of simple questions about possible symptoms, travel, and anyone you have come into physical contact with recently. More specifically, it asks you about symptoms associated with Covid-19 such as sore throat, vomiting and fever, and if you are currently suffering from chronic health problems such as asthma, cirrhosis and pregnancy. (Yes, pregnancy is listed as a health condition.)

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After taking the test, it told me I didn’t need to be tested on Covid-19 (yes) and should keep practicing social distance. But when I took the test for a hypothetical person who was pregnant, has a fever and sore throat, lives in an area where Covid-19 is widespread and has been around someone who has Covid-19, the tool told them to contact take their health care provider. In addition, it said it isolated at least seven days from others and monitored their symptoms.

Apple says your answers will not be shared with it or the CDC without your permission, and – of course – it also puts a big disclaimer on the tool before you start answering questions:

“By using this tool, you agree to its terms and that Apple is not liable for any damage related to your use. Recommendations of this tool do not constitute medical advice and should not be used to diagnose or treat any medical conditions . “

If you have used this tool and think you have Covid-19, it is best to call your doctor (or 911 if you have any of the more serious symptoms) and have an actual test.


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