Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s health chatbot come to the rescue against the coronavirus pandemic / Digital Information World

  • Are you skeptical about your symptoms? Don’t worry anymore because Siri can now shield you from the coronavirus!
  • Apple has updated its digital assistant in collaboration with the U.S. public health service and CDC.

As the world kneels and the economy collapses, the ray of hope in the gloomy days comes from help from all over the world, especially from the giant tech companies that we all rely so much on in our daily lives.

During this pandemic, almost every day, these companies devise ways to ensure public safety and keep them informed.

Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, YouTube and several other companies have come forward in these times to do the right things: spread awareness and provide all the means to fight this fatal virus. In addition to taking the necessary steps to ensure secure and continuous networking for millions of people who are locked up in their homes and have the Internet alone as outlets, these companies have taken swift action to share and spread the truth, fighting against myths and false propaganda against the coronavirus pandemic and the disease itself.

Now Apple has improved its game by modifying its digital assistant, Siri.

Siri has always helped people with various problems, but now she can help you identify the symptoms of COVID-19!

Do you just have to ask Siri if you have coronavirus disease or not? And it will ask you several questions about the signs and symptoms you show.

Several “yes” and “no” answers can lead to an early diagnosis.

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If you answer affirmatively to questions about fever, dyspnoea (difficulty breathing), nature of the cough, Siri will direct you to call 911.

However, if you are unsure of your symptoms, Siri will help you investigate further. If you answer “yes” to chest pain, dizziness or lightheadedness with other symptoms, but you are still not sure, Siri will ask you to consult a doctor immediately.

But if there are more “no” in your answers, Siri will still try to follow the cautious path urging you to stay at home and isolate yourself, rest a lot and watch over the symptoms and, in case of aggravation, consult a doctor immediately or contact one of the ten telemedicine app that Apple Store recently added to its list. Siri gives a similar answer if the symptoms have not occurred, but you are still worried because you have been in contact with someone who tested positive for coronavirus.

Behind Siri, is the U.S. Public Health Service, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services in collaboration with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention that provides all this assistance.

Despite being a global crisis, this useful Apple feature is only available to U.S. consumers now. At the moment it is not known whether Apple will launch it soon for other countries or not.

But all is not lost for “non-Apple” users, as Google also provides this type of medical assistance and information in collaboration with the World Health Organization.

Similarly, CDC is also leveraging Microsoft’s health chatbot service to create an online coronavirus symptom corrector that will help users make decisions and seek appropriate medical treatment.

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By slightly changing their characteristics, these technology companies and healthcare organizations are doing their best to support and help people. Hence, people should also try to be more responsible and take all necessary precautions to stop the spread of this disease!

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