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Apple’s Siri now accepts queries about COVID-19




Apple has updated Siri so it can respond to queries about COVID-19 using answers sourced from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention and the U.S. Public Health Service.

When asked with the question, “Do I have coronavirus (COVID-19)?”, Siri will begin by providing the user with a few yes/no questions to see if there’s a risk that he/she might have contracted the virus.

The questions are mostly about symptoms of the disease, such as fever, dry cough, or shortness of breath. If the user says he/she has extreme or life-threatening symptoms, Siri will advise the user to call 911 or seek emergency medical attention.

If the user says the symptoms are not extreme or life-threatening, Siri advises the user to stay at home and separate himself from others. It also suggests to contact a medical provider if the condition worsens, if the user is 65 or over, or have a serious medical condition like lung or heart disease, or diabetes.

If the user says no to any of the symptoms, Siri will say that the user is at a lower risk for COVID-19 but will advise to watch out for symptoms, to wash hands regularly, and avoid close contact with people outside.



This article was written by Louie Diangson, Managing Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

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