Siri implements guidance for those worried about coronavirus symptoms

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siri.coronavirus.phone.image Apple has enhanced Siri to answer government-approved questions regarding COVID-19 coronavirus.
Photo: Brad Gibson / Cult of Mac

Apple enhanced its Siri voice assistant Saturday with a step-by-step query instructing users on determining if they have been exposed to COVID-19, the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. 

The instructions are based on specific instructions from the U.S. Public Health Service, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

An Apple spokesperson confirmed the details of the new feature to CNBC, but would not share additional details. Apple did not immediately respond Saturday to requests for comment from Cult of Mac for this story.

The voice assistant begins by asking if a user has various symptoms. Depending on the answers, Siri instructs users to either “stay vigilant” for symptoms or “stay home, and separate yourself from others” and consult a medical professional or other telehealth apps.

siri.coronavirus.3Depending on your answers to questions, Siri gives advice on how best to proceed with regard to COVID-19.
Photo: Brad Gibson / Cult of Mac

The Siri enhancement comes as Apple has aggressively begun a number of promotions to instruct the public about the virus pandemic that has now claimed the lives of more than 13,00 people worldwide and 336 in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University. 

On Friday, Apple began running U.S. federal government public service announcements across multiple Apple service platforms. It also began Friday to put various podcasts keeping the public informed on its podcast apps.

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