Apple’s Voice Assistant: Siri now gives Coronavirus advice

Apple has upgraded Siri to give information to people who are tensed regarding the fact that they might have COVID-19, the disease which happens due to novel coronavirus, according to CNBC reports.

Users can ask ‘Siri’, the voice assistant questions like “How do I know if I have coronavirus” or “Do I have coronavirus?” and in return, it is going to provide advice based on their symptoms. Users began noticing the new functionality on Saturday.

What will Siri do?

At first, when you ask Siri regarding the virus, the voice assistant is going to ask whether you are having of experiencing symptoms related to it, which include fever, dry cough, or shortness of breath. 

People having extreme or life-threatening illnesses are advised to call 911, while anyone who’s not clear is informed symptoms of the diseases and told to self-isolate themselves if they appear. Links to telephonic-health apps on the App Store are offered for anyone who as of now can’t reach a healthcare provider.

Answers given by Siri are being delivered from the US’s Public Health Service and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), according to CNBC.

Offerings from Other Tech companies

At the moment, the answers seem to be aimed at users in the US. People tried asking Siri for advice in the UK, and the voice assistant simply provided them with a link to an information page on a UK government website. There was no questionnaire regarding the symptoms or links to the App Store.

Siri’s latest functionality reflects similar efforts from other tech companies such as Google, Facebook, and Microsoft who have rolled out information resources about the virus. 

Facebook has integrated a coronavirus information center to the top of its News Feed in the United States which provides information from the World Health Organization and CDC, whereas Google has also rolled on an informational site. Meanwhile, Microsoft has launched an interactive map and also worked with the CDC to develop a “self-checker” chatbot.

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