Apple announced earlier this week that it's donated 10 million masks to the medical community in response to Covid-19. Now, it's trying to be a source for information as well.
In a statement on Friday, Apple said that it's launched both a website and app designed to provide relevant information about the coronavirus outbreak and a screening tool so you can determine whether you or someone you know is at increased risk of developing complications from the illness.
The move is part of a broader initiative by the tech community to contribute to the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
One of the core elements of Apple's app and website is "access to resources to help people stay informed and get the support they need." The company was also quick to note that if users input health information about themselves or someone they know, Apple will protect their privacy.
Ultimately, Apple appears to be hoping that its tool will be a heavily used option that will continue to provide regular content as time goes on. And there's a chance that it will succeed in that endeavor. After all, the app is easy to access on any device you choose, and with more people suffering from Covid-19, they may need tools like those from Apple that can give them good information and suggestions for how to address any symptoms, should they experience them.
Either way, Apple's move is a clear indication that the tech indsutry is going to play an important role in battling Covid-19. Whether users will want to share information about themselves with the companies remains to be seen.