The B.C. government recently launched the COVID-19 BC app in partnership with Thrive Health as a central source for information about the pandemic.
Now, the government has expanded the resources on the app to include the COVID-19 self-assessment tool, for residents to check themselves out first, to decide if they need further evaluation help from medical professionals.
If you are worried about contracting COVID-19 and think you might have it, you can take the self-assessment on the app or online version. It will lead you through a series of questions about your symptoms, travel history and proximity to others.
After taking the assessment, the app will tell you if you need to be tested for the novel coronavirus, or if you are not the best candidate for taking the test.
If you are not exhibiting symptoms, the province is recommending against being tested for COVID-19.
The website says updates will be made as guidelines evolve to ensure that you are assessed with the most up to date recommendations.
There is also a web version of the app, but it was made for mobile devices and is most easily navigated on a phone or tablet.
Those who download the app will have easy access to information about those who are at a higher risk, proper handwashing techniques, and social distancing and more.
There are resources on the app for those struggling with anxiety and depression during this time, health care workers and vulnerable populations, as well as many others.
The app also has resources for those who want to support the community with updates on blood donation opportunities, local food drives, social distancing techniques to combat feeling isolated and more.
The free app can be downloaded at the Apple Store or on Google Play.