Apple has launched a new app and website with up-to-date information to help people stay informed about COVID-19 aka the coronavirus. Both the app and website were created in partnership with the CDC1, the Coronavirus Task Force and FEMA, according to the press release. The new COVID-19 screening tool and resources aims to help people stay informed and stay safe during the coronavirus outbreak.
Apple has updated the Siri voice assistant with information about COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and US Public Health Service. Asking Siri a question such as "Do I have coronavirus?", or saying "I'm feeling sick today" prompts Siri to begin a triage process. Through a series of questions, Siri helps to determine an appropriate course of action. In severe cases, Siri will ask to call 911 for emergency medical help.
Businesses large and small have been coming together to help lessen the economic blow of the COVID-19 pandemic. Companies such as Amazon, eBay and Walmart have banned together to eliminate price gouging, and ISPs like AT&T and Comcast are suspending data caps and offering affordable internet access to low income Americans.
Apple also announced that it will allow Apple Card owners who need assistance to defer their March payment without incurring any interest charges. Apple Card users only need to contact Card Support via Messages to enroll in the Customer Assistance Program. Apple has sent out emails to Apple Card holders detailing the new program.
Because the formulations of hand sanitizers vary so widely and often aren't disclosed, there are better methods for disinfecting your iPhone. Due to coronavirus / COVID-19 fueling concerns about how to disinfect all types of personal items, Apple has released updated guidance on cleaning your devices that indicates that everyday disinfectant wipes like Clorox Disinfecting Wipes or Lysol Disinfectant Wipes can be used to clean iPhones and iPads without damaging those devices.