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Technology Wondering if you have coronavirus symptoms? Ask Siri and the iPhone assistant can help

15:06  23 march  2020
15:06  23 march  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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iPhone users who are wondering whether they have COVID-19 can now turn to Siri . Apple has updated its voice assistant to provide users with a step-by-step questionnaire if they ask variations of, "Hey Siri , do I have the coronavirus ?" Other tech giants such as Google and Facebook have

You can now ask Siri if you have coronavirus . The assistant will ask you questions from the CDC and the U.S. Public Health Service. If you answer that you are having extreme or life-threatening symptoms , Siri will advise you to immediately call emergency services and seek medical help .

Now your iPhone or other Apple device can help you determine if you have symptoms associated with the coronavirus.

You can simply ask Siri about symptoms of the coronavirus – "Siri, what are the symptoms of the coronavirus?" – and the digital voice assistant will take you through a list of questions to assess your risks in the update, as first reported by CNBC.

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Wondering if you are showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus ? Siri may be able to help . Asking Siri if you have coronavirus will prompt a questionnaire. Siri offers similar advice if you are not experiencing those symptoms or are unsure if you have been in contact with someone who has

Apple this weekend updated its Siri voice assistant with information and assets designed to triage users The feature is triggered by queries like "Hey Siri , do I have the coronavirus ?" and "Hey Siri , I Those without symptoms are asked if they have been exposed to someone who tested positive

The assistant will ask you whether you certain symptoms such as fever, dry cough or trouble breathing and if you have been in contact with someone who might have contracted the virus.

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Even if Siri assesses that you are at lower risk, the assistant will offer some advice on hand washing and social distancing. Answers come from the U.S. Public Health Service and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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People began posting on Twitter about finding the update on Saturday.

Apple has also highlighted relevant videos and apps in the App Store. One video on social distancing featured Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, and Surgeon General Jerome Adams. There's also a collection of telehealth apps for those seeking medical advice.

Other major tech companies have also been making medical information available. Google on Saturday launched a website with resources and tips. Facebook has been putting the latest news and updates about the pandemic at the top of the social network's news feeds and on Thursday CEO Mark Zuckerberg hosted a Facebook Live chat with Fauci.

Follow USA TODAY reporter Mike Snider on Twitter: @MikeSnider.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Wondering if you have coronavirus symptoms? Ask Siri and the iPhone assistant can help

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