The World Health Organisation is launching an official app for iOS and Android that is being designed to combat the spread of misinformation about COVID-19.
The WHO MyHealth app is set to be launched soon and is being developed by a team of volunteer experts called the WHO Covid App Collective.
It follows the launch of a WHO chatbot for Facebook-owned WhatsApp that lets users get the latest information on the deadly virus.
The WHO app will send users notifications for their location if there is a spike in coronavirus cases or if someone reports themselves as having the virus.
According to the WHO MyHealth Github page, there will also be ‘self-triage’ tools to help people diagnose whether their symptoms match COVID-19.
The goal of the app development team is to ‘build an Official WHO app for COVID-19 on Android, iPhones and the web, targeted at the general public.
‘We plan to operate in a self-sufficient manner for reasons of speed and to minimize impositions on precious WHO resources.’
The app is developed by a team of volunteers to help provide COVID-19 news. It has been approved by the World Health Organisation and is called WHO MyHealth. It will initially be available for iOS and Android.