Apple updates COVID-19 screening app with new CDC guidelines

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Apple adds new CDC guidelines to version 3.0 of its COVID-19 screening app.
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Apple updated its COVID-19 screening app Friday with new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including additional symptoms of the disease and tips on using cloth masks.

The additional COVID-19 symptoms include muscle pain, headaches, sore throat, chills and continual shaking with chills.

The tips on how to best use cloth masks include recommendations that they fit snugly and be secured with ties or ear loops. The masks also should include multiple layers of fabric and allow for breathing without restriction. Plus, the CDC recommends that they be able to be laundered and machine-dried without damage or change to their shape.

The additions fit with the goal of Apple’s app — giving people resources to stay informed on steps they can take to protect their health during the coronavirus outbreak.

Apple’s COVID-19 app

Four weeks ago, Apple updated its coronavirus screening app with guidance from state health authorities. The addition gives users the “ability to select [their] state of residence to see guidance from that state’s health department,” according to Apple.

Version 3.0 of Apple’s COVID-19 screening app is now available on the App Store. The update also brings additional language support, bug fixes and overall technical improvements.

Worldwide there are more than 3.33 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 with more than 235,900 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. In the United States, there are over 1 million confirmed cases and more than 64,000 deaths.