Situation with COVID-19 has produced so much information, disinformation, fake news and confusion that people naturally do not know what to do. The biggest question in people’s minds is whether or not they are infected. In normal conditions, visit to a specialist would be a recommended action, but now medical professionals are thrown in the fight against confirmed cases. To make it easier for people in these conditions, Apple has added a new coronavirus detection feature to Siri’s voice assistant.
Not every colds, coughs or difficulty breathing means you’re infected with COVID-19. And vice versa, some cases are asymptomatic or do not appear immediately. These changing conditions in a pandemic cause doubt and fear that people are trying to find answers to their questions. Now Apple device users can simply ask Siri to help determine if Coronavirus has been infected.
If a user asks Siri if they have COVID-19 or think they have it, they will be asked a series of questions that are generated depending on how the user answers each specific question. These include symptoms he may experience, their severity, and recent travel history, especially to places with confirmed coronavirus events.
Apple has created a function based on the data obtained so far in the fight against the pandemic. However, only data relevant to the U.S. are currently recorded, so the function is currently only available in that country.
If the response does not result in a recommendation to see a physician immediately, Siri will direct users to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web page or the Apple App Store, where the company offers advice and reminders on what to do in specific cases.