Apple Siri will now provide advise about coronavirus (COVID-19)

The latest feature by Apple Siri represents similar initiatives by other tech companies

Apple Siri is now updated and includes information about coronavirus (COVID-19) for people who are worried about the disease, says CNBC reports. The user can ask the questions from the Apple Siri voice assistant, such as “How do I know if I have coronavirus” or “Do I have coronavirus? “And it will make suggestions based on the symptoms; users started experiencing the new features last Saturday

The voice assistant will inquire whether you have similar symptoms, which include nausea, dry cough, or shortness of breath when you first ask Apple Siri about the virus. People with severe or life-threatening diseases are encouraged to call 911, while those who are unclear or not aware of the symptoms of the conditions and are advised to protect themselves when they occur. The App Store offers access to telehealth applications for those who can’t contact a healthcare provider at the moment.

The answers from Siri are actually provided by the US Public Health Service and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), noted by the CNBC.

Right now, the replies tend to be based on the US. Users. We tried to seek advice from Apple Siri in the UK, and the voice assistant simply sent us a link to an information page on a British government website. Symptoms or ties to the App Store were not questionnaired.

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The latest feature by Apple Siri represents similar initiatives by other tech companies, including Facebook, Twitter, and Microsoft, that have introduced virus awareness services. Facebook has added to its US. News Feed, a coronavirus information center that transmits information from the World Health Organization and CDC, while Google has also introduced an information platform. In the meantime, Microsoft released an interactive map and partnered with the CDC to create a chatbot “self-checker.”



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