Apple updates Siri for coronavirus questioning

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March 22, 2020 | 12:50am | Updated March 22, 2020 | 1:08am

Siri is now taking cues from the CDC.

Apple updated its voice assistant to respond to anxious users who ask it “Hey Siri, do I have the coronavirus?” or questions along those lines, reports CNBC.

Siri responds with a series of questions and advice approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Public Health Service.

Inquirers will be asked if they’re exhibiting symptoms like fever, dry cough or shortness of breath; those with mild signs will be advised to stay home and avoid others.

Anyone experiencing severe symptoms will be advised to consider dialing 911. Siri will also offer a link to the App Store for remote health services that could provide over-the-phone consultation.

The update appeared Saturday, according to CNBC.

Other tech giants are working on their own COVID-19 projects during the global pandemic.

Google has promised, “a nationwide website that includes information about COVID-19 symptoms, risk and testing information.”

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