This Is What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus Today

This Is What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus Today

This Is What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus Today

This Is What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus Today

October 30, 2021
While many states are poised to reopen, which includes non-essential businesses, the coronavirus has not yet been eradicated. Keeping up with the current happenings can be challenging, especially as guidelines change on when and how you can move around the community. Here is what you need to know about the COVID-19 outbreak today.

Proper Sanitation Is Still Essential

Reducing your exposure to germs and keeping surfaces clean remains the best way to avoid contracting and spreading COVID-19.

Reducing Risk Means Staying Home

Though restrictions are lifting, choosing to avoid non-essential outings is still the safest option.

People with Pre-Existing Conditions May Need Extra Precautions

The coronavirus can make anyone seriously ill, but people with pre-existing conditions may benefit from taking additional precautions.
  • People with cancer, heart disease, and diabetes are at increased risk from COVID-19.
  • You should maintain stringent social distancing if you are ill or receiving therapies such as stem cell treatment.
  • Understand the symptoms of coronavirus so that you can receive help if you become ill.
  • Those at higher risk of contracting coronavirus should wear a mask while around others.
Although many areas of the country continue to reopen, that doesn’t mean the coronavirus pandemic has ended. In fact, everyone — especially people with pre-existing conditions — should continue to be vigilant in protecting their health. Maintaining proper sanitation, continuing to stay home, and taking extra precautions are all smart strategies for staying safe. Photo via Rawpixel  
How to add your COVID-19 vaccine records to Apple Health and Wallet on your iPhone – 9to5Mac

How to add your COVID-19 vaccine records to Apple Health and Wallet on your iPhone – 9to5Mac

January 19, 2022

Last fall, Apple rolled out the ability to store verifiable COVID-19 vaccination information in the Apple Health and Wallet applications. Since then, adoption among healthcare providers and health technology infrastructure companies has been slow but is finally starting to pick up.

Head below for more details on how to store your COVID-19 vaccine records in Apple Health and Apple Wallet.

Right off the bat, its incredibly important to note that the usefulness of the suggestions below is going to vary wildly based on a number of different factors. This includes things like the country and state in which you received your COVID-19 vaccination, which companys shot you received, your specific healthcare provider, and more.

Unfortunately, this is par for the course when it comes to healthcare technology in the United States and other countries. After all, theres a reason that the only widely supported system in the United States is the paper vaccination card you receive when you get your first shot.

Before you proceed with this guide, your first step should be to visit your healthcare providers website or application to figure out how to find your COVID-19 vaccination records. Once you have that information, proceed with one of the options below.

Some healthcare providers are providing patients with a QR code upon receiving their COVID-19 vaccination and booster. This is perhaps the most straightforward and easy method by which you can add your records to Apple Health and Apple Wallet. The process works like this:

Another approach being taken by some healthcare providers is giving patients a downloadable health record that contains your COVID-19 vaccination information. Heres how to add this data to your Apple Wallet and Apple Health applications:

If youve already connected your healthcare provider with Apple Health, your vaccination record should already be located in the Apple Health app. You can find a full list of institutions that support health records integration on Apples website right here.

Once youve added your health record data to Apple Health, tap Browse in the bottom right corner of the Health app, then look for the Immunizations section and find your COVID-19 vaccination. Then, you should see an Add to Wallet option.

Personally, it took me a few tries to get this feature working properly. I ultimately had to download proof of my vaccination from my healthcare providers own application, then add it to the Apple Health and Apple Wallet applications that way.

As for your COVID-19 booster, if you received your booster from the same provider as your initial vaccination, you can repeat the same process to add that booster to Apple Health and Apple Wallet. I received by booster from a different provider, and unfortunately I have not been able to figure out how to add that booster to Apple Health.

Another interesting feature that I havent tried yet is sharing verifiable health records from the Health app. Apple explains that you can choose to share health records with third-party apps when an approved app requests access to this information.

For example, if you have to show proof of vaccination to attend an event, that events application might be able to pull your information from the Health app to verify your vaccination. One app that many places are using for this information is Clear, which you can learn more about here.

Ideally, this is a feature that we hope to see Apple and healthcare providers continue to expand upon over the coming months. For now, as long as youre able to connect all (or most) of the necessary pieces, it should be pretty easy to get your COVID-19 vaccine information into Apple Health and Apple Wallet.

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