On Thursday, apple updated the covid-19 screening app to improve questions about symptom severity and test results. The app, released in March, allows users to anonymously share their current status, including age and symptoms, with apple, state public health agencies and the Centers for Disease Control and prevention. < / P > < p > in today’s update, new questions about the severity of new crown symptoms and covid-19 test results are improved, and more detailed tracking information and more accurate suggestions are provided, such as how to visit health care professionals, etc. This update also fixes many bugs collected in the past few months and improves performance. < / P > < p > Apple’s screening tool, last updated in June, has the ability to anonymously share submitted data with state public health agencies and centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Apple said at the time that age, symptoms and other data will be used to improve the app and help health officials better understand the virus. < / P > < p > Apple said the information collected would be used to improve the tool and better understand the spread of covid-19. The company ensures that it will not share any personally identifiable information, such as names or phone numbers, and that the information will also be desensitized from other people’s responses as an additional privacy measure. < / P > < p > if users choose to share personal health information, the content will be provided to apple in a way that does not identify the individual. Apple will then provide reports to the CDC and approved state public health agencies. Only desensitized and aggregated information will be reported. This means that it does not contain any personal identifiable information. < / P > < p > CDC and approved state public health agencies can only use this information to improve the tool and to manage the covid-19 pandemic related purposes. In addition, CDC and state public health agencies must comply with privacy and security measures, including no further disclosure of information and implementation of additional safeguards. Global Tech

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