The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a mobile app to provide the latest COVID-19 guides and updates. The app, titled WHO COVID-19 Updates, provides “trusted” information about the virus from health professionals. However, it doesn’t offer features like contact tracking that are widely used on apps published by multiple governments around the world. The WHO released its coronavirus-targeted mobile app in April, which it took from app stores shortly after it was released because it was not intended for public availability.
As reported From WHO Police, the WHO COVID-19 Updates app works pretty much the same as the original mobile app released by the Health Department earlier this year. It’s designed more like a general purpose app to limit the spread of COVID-19 through safety warnings and updated information.
The WHO COVID-19 Updates app provides the latest local news and information as well as real-time notifications based on your location. National and global cases are shown on the home screen so people can follow the coronavirus outbreak. You can also scroll down to view all of the basic hygiene practices. The app also provides you with a link that you can use to donate to the WHO COVID-19 Response Fund.
To provide details about COVID-19 symptoms, the app has a “Check-Up” tab that lists severe and mild symptoms. You can also go to the Learning tab in the app for advice on traveling and protecting against viruses. The app also lists myth busters and answers frequently asked questions about COVID-19.
There is a dedicated Statistics tab that allows you to view the latest COVID-19 cases in your location and around the world. It also lists the most recent number of deaths from the infectious disease.
The WHO COVID-19 Updates App is compatible with both Android and iOS devices. It requires at least Android 4.4 or iOS 9.0. The app is initially limited to Nigeria and is expected to be introduced to other English speaking countries soon.
Nevertheless, Android users who are outside of Nigeria can download his APK file from APK Mirror and download it on their devices from the site. The app offers country-specific data for all important regions, regardless of the currently limited availability.
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