Siri will discuss the coronavirus with users interested in knowing if they’re infected. CNBC reports that Apple rolled out an update to its digital assistant that enables the ability to asks users their symptoms and potential exposure to the disease. It needs the user to ask about the coronavirus first, but Siri doesn’t hold back in response and offers a wealth of information that’s useful to the public.
Apple’s step-by-step questionnaire inquires on symptoms such as fever, dry cough, and shortness of breath. It’ll then see if the user has been in close contact with other people who’ve tested positive for COVID-19. If you express some symptoms but didn’t come into close contact with people who are confirmed as infected, Siri recommends remaining vigilant and reminds users that symptoms can appear up to 14 days after exposure. Siri also suggests ‘telehealth’ services to receive virtual consultation.
Just as the experts do, Siri urges people with serious or life-threatening symptoms to consider calling 911 or get in touch with a medical professional immediately.
Both the United States Public Health Service and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention generate Siri’s feedback. Meanwhile, the White House Coronavirus Task Force’s public service announcement on social distancing appeared in Apple’s App Store. It’s also available on Apple’s website to watch.
It’s not the only action Apple has taken throughout the coronavirus outbreak. All retail stores outside of China are closed until further notice, and CEO Tim Cook announced it’ll donate millions of face masks to hospitals in the United States and Europe. Apple also committed $15 million to the global response.