Tech & Science Siri now gives coronavirus advice

17:38  23 march  2020
17:38  23 march  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Siri is a virtual assistant that is part of Apple Inc.’s iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, macOS, and tvOS operating systems. The assistant can take your queries and answer questions, make In the case of coronavirus -related questions, Siri responds with a series of questions that probes the symptoms.

Apple updated Siri this weekend to include some screening questions on coronavirus . While it’s absolutely not a replacement for talking to a doctor, asking the virtual assistant “Do I have coronavirus ?” will prompt the assistant to take you through a series of questions about your symptoms.

  Siri now gives coronavirus advice © Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Apple has updated Siri to provide information to people who are concerned they have COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, CNBC reports. Users can ask the voice assistant questions like “How do I know if I have coronavirus” or “Do I have coronavirus?” and it will offer advice based on their symptoms. Users started noticing the new functionality on Saturday.

When you first ask Siri about the virus, the voice assistant will ask whether you are experiencing related symptoms, which include a fever, dry cough, or shortness of breath. People with extreme or life-threatening illnesses are advised to call 911, while anyone who’s not sure is informed of the diseases symptoms and told to self-isolate if they appear. Links to telehealth apps on the App Store are provided for anyone who can’t currently reach a healthcare provider.

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Now , when you ask Siri a question along the lines of: “Do I have the coronavirus ?”, you’ll be asked a series of questions about any symptoms you may be exhibiting. Siri notes that the questionnaire has been put together using information from the U.S. Public Health Service in association with the

Apple has reportedly updated its Siri voice assistant in the US to help people who fear they might have the coronavirus . According to CNBC, in America the assistant will now guide people through a questionnaire if they ask Siri “Do I have coronavirus ?”.

Siri’s answers are being provided from the US’s Public Health Service, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CNBC notes.

At the moment, the answers appear to be focussed on users in the US. We tried asking Siri for advice in the UK, and the voice assistant simply provided us with a link to an information page on a UK government website. There was no questionnaire about symptoms or links to the App Store.

Siri’s new functionality mirrors similar efforts from other tech companies like Facebook, Google, and Microsoft who have launched information resources about the virus. Facebook has added a coronavirus information center to the top of its News Feed in the United States which passes on information from the World Health Organization and CDC, while Google has also launched an informational site. Microsoft, meanwhile, has launched an interactive map, and also worked with the CDC to produce a “self-checker” chatbot.

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