Apple Updates Siri to Answer Users' Coronavirus Questions

When iPhone users ask voice assistant Siri for locations to the nearest restaurant or coffeehouse, that place will most likely be closed thanks to the coronavirus. However, if users want to know more about the virus itself, Siri will now be able to respond thanks to Apple’s latest updates.

What exactly can users ask? Per a CNBC report, users can ask “if they’re exhibiting symptoms of the disease, such as fever, dry cough or shortness of breath. Siri will advise people who say they have extreme or life-threatening symptoms to consider calling 911.”

“If users say their symptoms are not extreme or life-threatening, Siri instructs people to stay home and avoid contact with other people. It advises them to contact a medical provider if their condition becomes more severe,” the report further noted.

Apple stock has slipped below its 200-day moving average as its operations in China took a hit due to the coronavirus. However, its fortunes could change as China slowly returns to normalcy with the number of coronavirus cases dropping.

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