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Technology Worried about coronavirus? Siri can help you check symptoms

19:55  22 march  2020
19:55  22 march  2020 Source:   cnet.com

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Siri may be able to help . In a new update to the digital assistant, Apple appears to have added a questionnaire to guide those worried about if they are experiencing symptoms relating to the pandemic. Summoned by asking Siri "do I have coronavirus " the assistant will respond with the

Siri has been updated with information from the CDC and the U.S. Public Health Service to answer questions about the disease. Reported by CNBC, Apple has released an update to Siri with information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the United States Public Health

Wondering if you are showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus? Siri may be able to help.

a close up of a cell phone: Siri is here to answer some coronavirus questions. Jason Cipriani/CNET © Provided by CNET Siri is here to answer some coronavirus questions. Jason Cipriani/CNET

In a new update to the digital assistant, Apple appears to have added a questionnaire to guide those worried about if they are experiencing symptoms relating to the pandemic. Summoned by asking Siri "do I have coronavirus" the assistant will respond with the survey that uses yes and no answers to try and guide people on potential next steps.

The questionnaire, which Siri notes pulls its answers from the "US Public Health Service in concert with the CDC," will start by asking if you are experiencing symptoms such as fever, dry cough or shortness of breath.

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Coronavirus infects the lungs. The symptoms start with a fever followed by a dry cough, which can lead to breathing problems. It takes five days on average to start showing the symptoms , scientists have This explainer will be regularly updated to reflect the audience's questions about coronavirus .

If you 're worried about the new coronavirus and potential symptoms , you can now get some basic help from Siri . Of course Siri is by no means a replacement for a medical professional, but its answers have been provided by the US Public Health Service, and Siri can direct you to the Centers

If you answer yes it will ask if your symptoms are severe or life-threatening, which if you respond that they are, will prompt you to call 911. If you respond that you are unsure, it will ask if you suffer from chest pain, difficulty breathing, dizziness, lightheadedness or slurred speech and advise those that are to seek immediate medical attention.

a close up of a logo: Asking Siri if you have coronavirus will prompt a questionnaire. Screenshot by Eli Blumenthal/CNET © Provided by CNET Asking Siri if you have coronavirus will prompt a questionnaire. Screenshot by Eli Blumenthal/CNET

If you aren't suffering from those ailments then it advises you to stay home and isolate yourself and to contact a medical provider if your condition worsens, adding that there are telehealth apps on the App Store in the event you cannot reach your regular provider. Apple has gathered a list of 10 services that offer telehealth services for those unsure on which apps to use.

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And for more on coronavirus symptoms , check out When Is It Time to See a Doctor or Get Tested for More important than the symptoms , however, is one's overall health, coronavirus aside. Instead, you should be using acetaminophen (AKA paracetamol) to help reduce fever and ease aches

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Siri offers similar advice if you are not experiencing those symptoms or are unsure if you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus.

The move is Apple's latest to utilize iOS to boost awareness about the coronavirus pandemic. On Saturday the App Store featured a public service announcement on social distancing that featured a video from Drs. Anthony Fauci, Deborah Birx and Jerome Adams of the White House's coronavirus task force.

Apple launches COVID-19 screening app and website .
You can ask Siri for resources as wellThe screening tool asks you questions about your symptoms, recent travel, and contact you may have had with people who have had or been exposed to the virus. After completing the screening process, you’ll be taken to a page with recommended next steps that will also suggest whether you need to be tested for COVID-19. Apple noted in a press release that the screening tool “does not replace instructions from healthcare providers or guidance from state and local health authorities.

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