iPhone users who ask Siri, Apple’s “personal digital assistant,” about COVID-19 can now get detailed information, reports CNBC.
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?”
Siri will ask users if they’re exhibiting symptoms of the disease, such as fever, dry cough or shortness of breath. The digital assistant will advise people who say they have extreme or life-threatening symptoms to consider calling 911. If users say their symptoms are not extreme or life threatening, Siri instructs people to stay home and avoid contact with other people. It advises them to contact a medical provider if their condition becomes more severe.
It also providers users with a link in the App Store, where they can download telehealth apps and potentially receive virtual consultation, according to CNBN.