Siri Now Offering Coronavirus Advice From CDC and US Public Health Service

Apple updates Siri for coronavirus questioning

New Apple update helps people know if they have the symptoms of the coronavirus

According to a tweet from Alexis Cordova reported by CNBC, "Apple released a COVID-19 symptom triage tool within Siri".

Siri, which features on iPhones as well as iPads, Macs and the Apple Watch, now understands when it is asked questions like "How do I know if I have coronavirus?" and "Do I have coronavirus?".

Siri's new COVID-19 tool is powered by information from the U.S. Public Health Service and the CDC.

It appears that the new system only works in the United States for now, as asking Siri about coronavirus in the United Kingdom only provides a link to information on the government's website. Then it will advise people accordingly whether the symptoms are life-threatening or not.

In the intervening time evidently this characteristic is just for customers within the U.S., so it's unclear if this characteristic has been expanded and localized for different nations all over the world.

If you reply in affirmative to questions about fever, dyspnea (difficulty in breathing), the nature of cough, Siri will direct you to call 911.

If you are concerned you might have COVID-19 and want to run your questions by someone, you can now do so by asking Siri. Users will also be prompted to consider remote consultation by the voice assistant which will offer offers a link to the App Store for remote health services that could provide over-the-phone consultation.

If you don't have those ailments, she advises you to stay home and isolate yourself and contact a medical provider if your condition worsens, adding that there are telehealth apps on the App Store in case you can't reach your regular provider. From now on, it is possible to answer certain specific questions to assess whether contamination with the coronavirus is possible. Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook tweeted Saturday that the mask donations will go healthcare workers in both the USA and Europe.

Ironically, the biggest two competitors of Siri, Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant are yet to come up with comprehensive support for their users.

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