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The best free app for tracking coronavirus

Published Mar 27th, 2020 11:28AM EDT
Coronavirus US Cases By State
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  • BGR tracks all the coronavirus news and updates, and we do our best to share only the most important stories with our readers.
  • With the outlook so grim right now in the United States, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the doom and gloom out there in the news.
  • Some people want to know every last detail about the novel coronavirus — especially as it pertains to their state and town — and we’ve found that the News Break app is by far the best way to follow all the latest developments as news breaks.
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Here at BGR, we do our best to keep you up to date on all the most important news surrounding the novel coronavirus pandemic. That said, we’re not a hyperlocal news site so we only cover high-level stories that pertain to the broadest audience. For example, we cover developments surrounding coronavirus vaccines, crazy new nanoparticle treatments that kill coronavirus on surfaces for 70 days following an application, and idiots who are knowingly responsible for spreading coronavirus to others. We’ve even told you how to make your own DIY face masks to help protect yourself from COVID-19.

Of course, the coronavirus outbreak is the most important thing happening right now and some people want to know everything about it as soon as they can. People also want to know about all the developments in their own state and town. If that describes you, we found a fantastic app that we’ve been using ourselves to track all the latest coronavirus news. It’s called News Break, it’s completely free, and you should definitely check it out.

Available online as well as through a free app on your iPhone or Android device, News Break is a hyperlocal news aggregator that pulls in stories from thousands of sources and sifts through them behind the scenes. It does a terrific job of surfacing hyperlocal news based on your geolocation, and it also has a coronavirus hub that is unbeatable. You’ll find a US map with COVID-19 infection, death, and recovery statistics that are updated at breakneck speed using all the official data sources, and you’ll find streams of both local and global news so you can stay current with all the coronavirus developments as they break.

We’ve been using it ourselves to keep up with the pandemic, and there’s no better resource out there as far as we’re concerned. You can even enable push notifications to receive alerts when news is breaking in your area. The full description from the News Break app page can be seen below, and you’ll find download links for iOS and Android beneath it.

News Break is your destination for local content. Operating anytime at anywhere in the United States, News Break keeps you informed about your local community, town, and city in light speed. Better informed, better life.

News Break is a geolocation-aware app that always puts you at the center of local content discovery. It is made just for you: who is genuinely curious about what’s going on in your local communities and around the world. From curated local briefings to professionally hand-picked national/world headlines, from emergency alerts to 360 full coverage to….., News Break is always the must-have news app that gives you insights and value.

Highlights – Local Briefing/For You
● News Break brings you a curated daily brief about news, traffic, event, and beyond…Dig gems that really matter to you!
● Editor-picked national headlines tell comprehensive and in-depth stories. Go deeper on every story!
● News Break’s news content discovery engine aggregates rich content from more than 10,000 trusted sources, including Fox News, CNN, Business Insider, Newsweek, HuffPost, Reuters, The Associated Press (AP), Bloomberg, Time, and more… Browse content at any time, any location!
● A highly personalized feed caters your curiosity and reading interests, making you read content that’s really interested you. Read stories with purpose and value!

Better Informed, Better Life – Know Your Town
● Find local restaurants, deals, shop openings, and more ahead of time from one app.
● Read personal and vivid stories from our local writers and content creators.
● Treat us as your personal newsstand, magazine collector, restaurant reviewer, and more.
● Go beyond the mainstream & cacophony of information, explore your community and discover hidden gems.

Create Civic Value – Support the Cause
● Use News Break meaning revive the local news ecosystem and support small publishers
● Increase local story volume and geographic coverage to stimulate local storytelling and community power

Be Yourself, Be Cool – Follow or Block the Trend
● It’s totally cool to stay on top of some topics, or totally hate them! News Break allows you to follow what is trending, or completely block some topics you don’t appreciate.
● You can laugh, share, think, cry, upvote, downvote, comment, reply…News Break is a free ground that welcomes you to express emotions & opinions.
● From HBO’s Game of Thrones to hot video game Fortnite; from funny standups to the latest internet memes…find yourself be surprised.

Download today and stay informed on the local news!
Better informed, better life.

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Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.