The World Health Organization (WHO), one of the primary sources for information on the coronavirus and how to stay safe, is launching its own Android and iPhone app to help users learn more about their options and the measures they must take to stay safe.
The WHO MyHealth app went live on March 30th and provides information on how to wash your hands alongside real-time alerts based on location.
For the future, WHO hopes to track cases of confirmed patients to learn more about how the virus spreads in individual communities.
The app does not automatically track its users though. Explicit permissions must be sought.
Interestingly, it was built using Flutter – Google’s SDK which lets developers code a single app and release it onto the iPhone or other apps.
Earlier this month, the WHO launched a Health Alert service for the WhatsApp messaging app that answers questions from the public and aims to reply within 24 hours.
“Digital technology gives us an unprecedented opportunity for vital health information to go viral and spread faster than the pandemic, helping us save lives and protect the vulnerable,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director general at the WHO.
“We are proud to have partners like Facebook and WhatsApp, that are supporting us in reaching billions of people with important health information.