If you haven’t already googled – ‘Do I have coronavirus’ or What are the symptoms of coronavirus’, you’re probably among 1% of the global population. For the rest of us who are feeling angsty though, we now have Apple’s beloved voice assistant -Siri to walk us through the drill and inform us of measures that we can take to avoid the virus.
In the wake of the pandemic, Siri has been upgraded to provide symptom-based guidance to the users on the novel coronavirus and also point them to relevant and helpful sources of information. On being prompted, the voice assistant begins by asking if the user is facing any of the common symptoms related to the illness i.e. fever, dry cough and shortness of breath. Those in a grave health condition are further directed to call 911 or to download telehealth apps on the App Store.
The functionality is currently focused on users in the United States and can list out information based on inputs provided by the US’s Public Health Service, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Much like apple, other tech giants such as Facebook and Microsoft have also upped their game when providing information on the coronavirus. While Facebook has added a coronavirus information center to the top of its News Feed, Microsoft has launched dedicated information resources about it. After all, misinformation is the last thing we need to suffer from currently!
[Via: The Verge]