How to help volunteer to fight a virus outbreak
A nonprofit that helps people volunteer to battle the Ebola outbreak has partnered with the Trump administration to create a mobile app that will allow people to share their personal and professional health information online.
The Trump administration announced Wednesday that it is giving the nonprofit the green light to begin distributing the apps in the United States, but has yet to set a timetable for the rollout of the software, which was originally planned for launch in early 2018.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the partnership with Volunteer, which has a mission to train, support and empower volunteers to fight the virus outbreak.
The agency is working with the nonprofit on the rollout.
The apps are part of a partnership between the HHS Office of National Drug Control Policy and Volunteer, a nonprofit founded in 2012.
The government-run nonprofit says the app will help people to quickly share their health data with others, which could help fight the spread of the virus.
Volunteer says the apps are already available for people to download on Android phones.
Volunteers who volunteer their time and help in the fight against the Ebola virus can also share personal information such as their location and health history, along with their email addresses and social media accounts, to help the community combat the virus, according to a press release.
Voluntary and nonprofit organizations are able to distribute the apps to anyone in the U.K. and around the world.
The federal government has not announced an exact date for the first deployment.
Voluntourism groups are not the only ones working to help fight Ebola in the country.
The American Red Cross is distributing food and water and has been doing similar things for more than a year.
It said it will provide up to 5,000 meals and water for Ebola-affected areas.