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Apple & Stanford Launch First-Responders App To Screen Them For COVID-19
By Thanussha Priyah, 10 Apr 2020
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With the help of Apple, Stanford Medicine will be releasing a new app called First Responder COVID-19 Guide to screen at-risk firefighters, police offers and paramedics in California for coronavirus infections.
Professionals will first be asked to answer a series of questions about possible symptoms, and if their results suggest a potential COVID-19 infection, they will be recommended to go for the drive-thru testing.
They can then show the results to the person-in-charge of health in their workplace. The app refers to this person as a “department infection control officer,” who will get them a fixed date for priority testing at a Stanford Health Care site.
Stanford decided to focus on first-responders as they hold a higher risk of getting infected by the virus. More than 1,000 New York City police officers have been tested positive for the virus as of 1 April 2020, per PatentlyApple. Currently, the app will only be available in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties in California.
Stanford Medicine is now offering high-priority COVID-19 testing and a new screening and informational app, built with the support of Apple, for local police, firefighters and paramedics. https://t.co/9m2aCJkhmy— Stanford Medicine (@StanfordMed) April 8, 2020
[via Apple Insider, cover image via Stanford Medicine]
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