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Apple’s Siri Can Now Screen You For Coronavirus Right Through Your iPhone
By Mikelle Leow, 23 Mar 2020
Image via DedMityay / Shutterstock.com
People living in the US are scrambling to obtain coronavirus tests, which are unfortunately inaccessible to many at the moment. To bring some peace of mind, Apple has introduced COVID-19 screening in its virtual assistant, Siri.
Right through your iPhone, Siri will field questions about the novel coronavirus so people can reach out to appropriate contacts to allay COVID-19 concerns.
To start off, simply ask the voice assistant, “Do I have coronavirus?” and it will launch into a number of questions about possible symptoms drawn from data provided by the US Public Health Service. Symptoms could be a fever, dry cough, or breathing problems.
Other queries by Siri include whether you have been in contact with a COVID-19 patient recently.
For users who are 65 or older and experiencing pressing medical conditions, Siri will also encourage them to reach out to a medical provider.
Aside from updating Siri to fight the coronavirus, Apple has launched a new Oprah Talks COVID-19 show on Apple TV+. CEO Tim Cook has additionally announced that the company will donate “millions of masks” to health professionals in the US and Europe.
[via Tom’s Guide, cover image via DedMityay / Shutterstock.com]
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