Apple updates Siri with coronavirus symptoms checker
Apple has updated Siri in the United States with coronavirus advice from the CDC and U.S. Public Health Service, providing a questionnaire that checks symptoms and potential exposure to the virus to offer guidance and recommendations.
“Hey Siri, I think I have coronavirus” and “Hey Siri, am I at risk of coronavirus?” are some of the many phrases that will trigger the questionnaire. The update appeared on Saturday, according to CNBC who spoke with Apple about the update.
Siri will advise people who say they have extreme or life-threatening symptoms to consider calling 911.
Additionally, Apple has posted a COVID-19-related PSA from the White House Coronavirus Task Force in the App Store and on Apple.com in the US.
Siri is directing users outside the United States with questions regarding the virus to seek information from local government health agencies, providing links to sources, such as the GOV.UK, the public sector information website in the United Kingdom.
The Apple Post has reached out to Apple to ask whether additional countries will gain the symptom checker.