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Apple Brings News Updates to Its Voice Assistant Siri

Ask Apple Siri if you are suffering from COVID-19 or not

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The new Apple update will allow its voice assistant Siri to advise people who say they have extreme or life-threatening symptoms to consider calling 911. Pixabay

Apple has updated its Siri voice assistant with information and assets designed to help users who have flu symptoms and believe they are suffering from coronavirus.

By using information provided by the US Public Health Service and the Centers for Disease Control, Siri is guiding users through a set of questions designed in part to screen for the new coronavirus, reports AppleInsider.

The feature is triggered by queries like “Hey Siri, do I have the coronavirus?” and “Hey Siri, I think I have COVID-19.”

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Apple has updated its Siri voice assistant with information and assets designed to help users who have flu symptoms and believe they are suffering from coronavirus. Pixabay

Siri will ask users if the user exhibiting symptoms of the disease, such as fever, dry cough or shortness of breath.

It will advise people who say they have extreme or life-threatening symptoms to consider calling 911.

Meanwhile, users who answer “yes” to certain questions, specifically those referencing COVID-19 symptoms, are urged to isolate and closely monitor the situation, or contact a medical provider.

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If the condition is extreme, Siri directs users to the CDC’s COVID-19 webpage or the App Store, the latter of which currently features a PSA on social distancing from the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

Siri’s COVID-19 protocol is currently restricted to the US. (IANS)

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Cancer Patients Work Together to Make Surgical Masks in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan Cancer Patients Make Face Masks to Fight COVID-19

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A group of cancer patients in Kyrgyzstan is working to meet the demand for protective surgical masks while earning funds to help pay for their treatments. Pixabay

A group of cancer patients in Kyrgyzstan is working to meet the demand for protective surgical masks while earning funds to help pay for their treatments.

The group is organized by an association known as “Together for Life,” established in July 2019. Originally, the group made handbags and purses as a kind of therapy, as well as financial aid for women overcoming cancer.

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But once the demand for masks increased, the president of the group, Aigul Kydyrmysheva, told The Associated Press that they received permission from the Ministry of Health to switch to making the protective gear.

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Members of a public association, which comprises people suffering from various types of cancer, produce medical masks, which are widely used as a preventive measure against the coronavirus outbreak, in a sewing workshop in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. VOA

Kydyrmysheva said they market their products through social media and that while bigger factories can produce masks faster, many customers have turned to them, understanding that their profits go to a good cause.

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The group works nearly round-the-clock, making as many as 1,000 masks a day, which earns them about $2,500 a month. In turn, they have been able to allocate about $770 a month to offset cancer treatment drugs. (VOA)