Users of the Apple iPhone can now ask Siri for advice to check if they have got any symptoms for coronavirus.
Apple recently updated its digital assistant to provide assistance to anyone that may have contracted the virus, formally known as COVID-19. iPhone users are now provided with a step-by-step questionnaire if they do ask, “Hey Siri, do I have the coronavirus?”
Apple collaborates with CDC and US Public Health Service!
The questionnaire has been compiled through the use of data obtained from the U.S. Public Health Service in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Respondents have to answer a few yes/no questions. These questions include whether they have a shortness of breath or dry cough or if they are aware of having to come into direct contact with anyone that did test positive for coronavirus. Afterward, Siri will suggest what steps the users should take next based on the given answers.
If you are considered to be at low risk for the virus by Siri, you will be recommended by Apple’s digital assistant to stay vigilant for specific symptoms. It will also remind you to regularly wash your hands for 20 seconds every time.
Individuals not showing life-threatening symptoms would be advised to self-isolate themselves. This will allow them to see if the symptoms worsen. You are also pointed to the App Store by Siri where you can download telehealth apps to obtain virtual consultation if required.
This function is only accessible by iPhone owners in the U.S. In the U.K., for instance, the same virus-related inquiry had lead to Siri directing users to a government website on COVID-19. It is unknown when this service will be available for users in other parts of the world.
COVID-19 disrupts the global economy!
Apple has also been making changes throughout its overall business operations with regard to the coronavirus. In the first week of March, Apple told its global employees to work from home. On March 14, Apple closed all of its stores outside China until March 27. Despite the havoc caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, Apple was still able to launch a new iPad pro.
Apple, however, is not the only tech company that has used its resources to respond to COVID-19. Earlier this week, Facebook announced that it planned to launch a coronavirus information center that would appear alongside the news feed of users.
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