As some people return to the office or classroom after more than 18 months of Covid-19 disruption, maintaining social distance remains a concern, especially with the stay informed and safe if you return to the office or school.spreading nationwide. Here are a few simple suggestions for using your smartphone to help you
Regular school, municipal, and state website checks can keep you up-to-date about, vaccine requirements, quarantines, and other Covid-related news. Get your facts faster by making bookmarks for these sites that you can tap open right from your .
From left, Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS systems allow you to save a webpage bookmark as an icon on your phone’sfor quick access. Credit…Google; Apple
Open the page you want to bookmark. Steps will vary based on browser and phone, but if you’re using the Chrome browser on an Android device, tap the More menu in the upper-right corner and choose “Add tousing the Safari browser, tap the Action menu icon at the bottom-center of the screen and select “Add to Home Screen.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a mobile app along with its informative website. For local virus news, check your, as many states have their apps for tracking outbreaks, providing personal exposure notifications, supplying vaccine information, and offering general news alerts.
Carry Your Card
Certain institutions, venues, and employers now have a vaccine requirement, and many New York City businesses require proof and will enforce it. While your paper vaccination card is proof, you can keep it and go digital. Some states have electronic you can store in your phone’s digital wallet and display when asked; New York’s Excelsior Pass program is one example.
New Yorkvaccine passport, which can also be printed. Built-in tools like Android’s option, right, add a security layer to vaccine-card photos. Credit…Apple; Google
Photos of your papercan also serve as a digital backup, and some employers may accept the images as proof of vaccination, especially in apps like NYC Covid Safe. The card contains personal information, so keep your phone locked when not in use. Apple’s iOS software settings offer a passcode, Face ID, or Touch ID to secure the device.
can also set up a screen lock in the system settings. In addition to PIN or passcode, some phone models (including those from Google and Samsung) use biometric keys, like . For additional protection, Android users can store vaccine-card pictures in a locked folder within — open the card image, tap the More menu, and choose “Move to Locked Folder.”