White House, CDC, FEMA and Apple launch a COVID19 Screening Tool

On March 27, Apple launched a new app and website updating users on coronavirus testing information and the latest CDC guidelines. Apple worked with the White House and FEMA on the tools, according to the company.  Go to the tool here.

"Huge thanks to @Apple! Together with the White House, @CDCgov & @fema, Apple launched a COVID19 screening tool that guides users through questions about symptoms and exposure, using CDC guidance to help determine steps they should take, including testing," a White House tweet said.

Apple's screening questionnaire asks visitors to answer questions about symptoms, travel and contact with other people. Apple noted that the information wouldn't be shared with the company or the CDC. 

Users can also ask the voice assistant Siri for information about symptoms. The app and website can also direct them to selected telehealth apps from Apple's online store. 

Apple is the latest tech company to unveil coronavirus screening tools. Earlier this month Alphabet property Verily launched a site directing users in the San Francisco Bay Area to testing locations. 

The Trump administration has welcomed help from the private sector during the pandemic. HHS waived HIPAA enforcement during the pandemic so that clinicians can use video chat platforms from Google, Apple and other companies to assess patients. 

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