Amid the coronavirus outbreak, what better way to spend your self-isolation period than by installing applications that will help you familiarize yourself with the deadly disease? These apps will assist with the tracking of how the virus is progressing and will also ensure you are updated on the latest health advice from experts across the globe. Here we explore a comprehensive list of apps to help you Amid the coronavirus Outbreak.
1. NHS App:
This is a very vital app that should be on your smartphone right now. It will not just allow you to see your medical records and book GP appointments, the application also lets you search reliable information and advice if you feel you are experiencing coronavirus symptoms. It also offers immediate advice and medical help. Be aware that users have to be aged 13 and above.
2. COVID-19 Tracker:
This tracker lets you self-report symptoms to help curb the spread of the virus once and for all. Immediately anyone tests positive, the application will notify contacts for them to self isolate or head to the hospital.
Anyone who has not tested positive but has symptoms will be shown yellow while those who self report that they are infected will see pink.
3. COVID Symptom Tracker:
Developed by medical practitioners and scientists at King’s College London, Guys, and St Thomas’ Hospitals and health company Zoe Global Limited, this is an important coronavirus app you need to know about.
To reduce the spread of the virus and find out about risk cases as soon as possible, the application tells owners to take a 1-minute test to self-report their symptoms every day. As self-reporting is happening, you will be helping researchers to know how fast the virus is spreading in your location.
Are you familiar with emotional health assistant application? Well, this particular one makes use of AI to help users to decrease their anxiety levels, manage their mood and enhance their sleep during the pandemic.
Via lots of strategies like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, you will be aided to understand your emotions and enhance your relationship with others during the outbreak.
You must know about this app by now. It is a video conference application that helps you to start and join meetings with your colleagues as you all work indoors. It can even be used for video calls with your loved ones. With features like screen share screens, applications, and personalizable backgrounds, it is a brilliant app to download during and after the pandemic.
This is a useful application created by some persons in Singapore to combat the virus. It functions through Bluetooth and it simply helps to reduce the spread of the outbreak via community-driver contact tracing.
It works by using a Bluetooth signal to find out if you are close to another TraceTogether user. If you have both interacted with someone who tested positive, the app lets the Ministry of Health (MOH) reach out to you and give advice on the right steps to take asap.
Frequently recommended by therapists to assist with counseling and CBT, this application helps you to keep a private journal at no extra cost. It lets you track your daily mood and activities during the outbreak. Notes can be added to every entry, emojis are available to communicate your moods on a daily basis, reminders can be set to prompt your entries and colours can be picked to reflect your moods. It also comes with a PIN lock to guarantee the safety of your entries.
More Information On Coronavirus:
Coronaviruses are a group of related viruses that cause diseases in mammals and birds. In humans, coronaviruses cause respiratory tract infections that can be mild, such as some cases of the common cold (among other possible causes, predominantly rhinoviruses), and others that can be lethal, such as SARS, MERS, and COVID-19.
Symptoms in other species vary: in chickens, they cause an upper respiratory tract disease, while in cows and pigs they cause diarrhea. There are yet to be vaccines or antiviral drugs to prevent or treat human coronavirus infections.
Coronaviruses constitute the subfamily Orthocoronavirinae, in the family Coronaviridae, order Nidovirales, and realm Riboviria. They are enveloped viruses with a positive-sense single-stranded RNA genome and a nucleocapsid of helical symmetry.
The genome size of coronaviruses ranges from approximately 27 to 34 kilobases, the largest among known RNA viruses. The name coronavirus is derived from the Latin corona, meaning “crown” or “halo”, which refers to the characteristic appearance reminiscent of a crown or a solar corona around the virions (virus particles) when viewed under two-dimensional transmission electron microscopy, due to the surface covering in club-shaped protein spikes.
Human coronaviruses were first discovered in the late 1960s. The earliest ones discovered were an infectious bronchitis virus in chickens and two in human patients with the common cold (later named human coronavirus 229E and human coronavirus OC43).
Other members of this family have since been identified, including SARS-CoV in 2003, HCoV NL63 in 2004, HKU1 in 2005, MERS-CoV in 2012, and SARS-CoV-2 (formerly known as 2019-nCoV) in 2019. Most of these have involved serious respiratory tract infections.
There you have it – a comprehensive list of apps to help you amid the coronavirus outbreak. If you have any personal favorite or other recommendations, feel free to drop them in the comment section below.