WHO re-launches mobile app for COVID-19 updates

The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a mobile app to provide the latest COVID-19 guidelines and updates. Called WHO COVID-19 Updates, the app provides “trusted” information about the virus from health experts. However, it doesn’t offer any features including contact tracking which is quite common among apps released by different governments around the world. WHO initially introduced its coronavirus-focused mobile app in April which it withdrew from app stores shortly after release as it was not meant for public availability.

As reported by the Android Police, the WHO COVID-19 Updates app works quite similar to the original mobile app released by the public health agency earlier this year. It is designed more as a generic app to limit the spread of COVID-19 by providing safety advice and up-to-date information.

The WHO COVID-19 Updates app offers the latest local news and information and notifications in real time, based on your location. Show national and global case counts on the home screen to allow people to track the coronavirus outbreak. You can also scroll down to see all basic hygiene practices. The app also provides a link to enable donation to the WHO COVID-19 Response Fund.

To provide details on the symptoms of COVID-19, the app has a Check-Up tab that lists severe and mild symptoms. You can also go to the Learn tab on the app to get advice on travel and how to protect yourself from the virus. The app also lists myths and answers common questions about COVID-19.

There is a dedicated Statistics tab that allows you to review recent COVID-19 cases in your location and globally. It also details the latest number of deaths reported due to the contagious disease.

The WHO COVID-19 Updates app has separate tabs to provide general purpose information under one roof

WHO COVID-19 Updates app is compatible with Android and iOS devices. Requires at least Android 4.4 or iOS 9.0. The app is initially limited to Nigeria and is expected to roll out to other English-speaking countries soon.

However, Android users residing outside of Nigeria can download the APK file from APK Mirror and upload it to their devices. The app provides country-specific data for all major regions, regardless of its limited availability at the current stage.

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