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Apple updates COVID-19 app with new questions and recommendations

Apple New Covid 19 App Macbook Pro Iphone 11 Pro
Apple New Covid 19 App Macbook Pro Iphone 11 Pro (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • Apple has released an update for its COVID-19 app.
  • The update includes new questions and recommendations.
  • Apple has also updated its COVID-19 website.

Reported by 9to5Mac, Apple has updated its COVID-19 app with new questions for its screening tool as well as new recommendations based on someone's answers to questions.

According to Apple, the new questions and updated recommendations focus on symptom severity and those who have tested positive for COVID-19.

The release notes are pretty basic, but do get directly to the point:

This update includes bug fixes and improvements, including:

  • Updated recommendations and new questions for symptom severity and COVID-19 test results

As explained by Apple, the app was developed by Apple in partnership with the CDC, White House, and FEMA.

The COVID-19 app has up-to-date information from trusted sources about the coronavirus disease that is impacting people across the world. It has a screening tool so you can find out what you should do now for yourself or for a loved one. And it gives you access to resources you may need to stay informed. The COVID-19 app is developed in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the White House, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

If you don't have it yet, you can download the Apple COVID-19 (opens in new tab) app for free from the App Store. Apple has also built a COVID-19 website (opens in new tab) that you can use in place of the app as well.

It is worth noting that Apple's COVID-19 app is separate from the Exposure Notification technology that it has built with Google to help with contact tracing. If your state, region, or country offers a contact tracing app, you'll need to download that separately.

Joe Wituschek
Contributor

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.