author Alan King, Tuesday March 3, 2020

Hey AppArmor network - we've got some helpful information for you today. We've provided some tips on how to best configure your AppArmor Safety custom branded app with relevant content for the Coronavirus (COVID-19).


First off though, what really is the Coronavirus? According to the WHO, in general Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.

Secondly, how does it spread? People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. 

Steps to Take

A number of AppArmor organizations have taken steps to add resources to their custom branded safety apps to help their communities stay informed and safe. As a great example, we suggest checking out the Princeton University TigerSafe app. See screenshots below.

Namely, Princeton has included "browser views" to a number of on-campus and external resources related to the virus. Using the content management system to make real-time content changes (and even add their own custom button!), they've included:

  • A general overview;
  • A FAQ for the campus community;
  • Information for those Travelling to/From the Affected Area;
  • Faculty and Staff FAQs;
  • Student Specific Information;
  • Information from those who recently returned from areas where the virus is prevalent;
  • A link to an info poster;
  • A video from the WHO explaining the virus
This is a great way to keep you community informed of the important details regarding the virus. We suggest that all organizations consider aggregating information from the WHO, the CDC, and of course information from your team. Our platform is very flexible; it's important to use this functionality to show not only the value of the app, but also provide important information to your stakeholders.

While we encourage your team to add this content to your app yourselves, don't hesitate to reach out to either your AppArmor contact directly or our support team here (select "Technical Support").

If you have any questions about any of this content, don't hesitate to reach out!
The AppArmor Team