After collaborating with Whatsapp to curb misinformation and impart knowledge about COVID-19, the World Health Organization (WHO) has developed an app that will provide self-diagnose, help, and assistance for its first version. Google, its subsidiary YouTube, and Siri in iOS are already in the game to dispense such knowledge but there is a catch.
All these tech companies rely on the databases of international health organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the WHO. Those key entities provide all the authentic information you need regarding COVID-19, including symptoms and guidance, so it’s a good idea to have them bookmarked.
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Access to WHO is going to get better in the days to come, courtesy of the new official app that the organization is going to launch for Android, iOS and for the web.
According to 9to5Google, former Microsoft and Google employees are working on the ambitious project, as well as the WHO’s advisors and ambassadors. It’s set to be released on March 30th, although the code is already available because the app is open source. 9to5Google rendered some images after looking at the app.
The organization will relay the same information which it offers on its Whatsapp bot, along with helpful tips and what to do in case of infection.
According to the sources, the future versions of the app could track confirmed cases and access their location history to trace the pandemic’s footprint. At the cost of privacy, the information could help researchers to understand how the virus traveled inside tight-knit communities. These are only speculations. The app won’t track users unless they explicitly allow it to do so. The primary purpose of the app is to self-diagnose and give out quick answers.
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