KEY POINTS

  • The public have to stay aware of what's happening around them in relation to COVID-19
  • The myriad of false news online, however, makes staying informed a bit tricky
  • iPhone users should download or use these trustworthy apps for the purpose

At a time when false news continue to spread like coronavirus, consumers have to be very careful where they get information from – all the more if the information pertains to COVID-19. Thankfully, there are some reliable and trustworthy apps that can be used for this purpose.

Here's a list of iPhone apps and services that can provide users with accurate COVID-19 information so they can stay informed and be aware of what's happening around them and how they should respond.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

U.S. residents have a reliable source of information about coronavirus in the CDC. As a reputable and trusted organization focused on managing diseases, it can provide crucial help with regards to handling situations related to the COVID-19 outbreak. It has an iOS app that can be downloaded here.

Medline Plus

Medline Plus is run by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and provides users with links to other trusted sources such as the CDC and the American Public Health Association. It doesn't have an app, but iPhone users can access its website using Safari.

National Health Service

U.K. residents will do well to download the National Health Service app on their iPhones. This app allows users to search for relevant information, book an appointment with a doctor, and request repeat prescriptions. This will be very handy for those who need medical care.

Apps from Health Providers and Hospitals

Those who need medical treatment will do well to download apps from their healthcare providers. Some major hospitals, like New York-Presbyterian, offer standalone apps. Others offer their services through platforms such as MyChart. Health insurance companies such as Aetna and United Healthcare also offer apps for those who have need.

Apps from reputable News sites

It's also a good thing to download apps from trustworthy news sites like The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The New York Times. Some apps, such as The Boston Globe's STAT news, also offer more resources on the matter.

Apple News

Lastly, those who don't have time to download apps can simply use the iPhone's own Apple News app. The Apple News app now has a dedicated coronavirus section that collects reports from various reputable sources such as The Wall Street Journal and The Los Angeles Times, as well as resources from John Hopkins University and the State Department.

These are but some of the apps and services that consumers can use to monitor the spread of coronavirus. Apple Insider recommends these and more in its website.

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