Amazon Alexa users in the United States can now utilize the voice assistant as a very first step towards diagnosing cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, Amazon has revealed It will then use advice based on main Centers for Disease Control and Prevention info.
The functionality is an action up from the info Alexa was offering formerly. Earlier this month, Vox reported that Alexa would note off basic facts. Amazon’s announcement follows a comparable relocation from Apple, whose Siri voice assistant has actually also been updated to offer medical diagnosis advice.
As well as using recommendations on symptoms, Alexa can now also be asked to sing a song for 20 seconds to assist you know when you have actually correctly washed your hands. Alexa’s subpar singing voice implies we can’t see individuals using the feature much for themselves, but it might motivate children.
More normally, Amazon has likewise kept its satisfaction centers running, which has helped populations to follow shelter-at-home mandates. Workers in the company’s warehouses, which are still running to satisfy orders, consisting of the delivery of COVID-19 test kits in the UK, have reported that management hasn’t been proactively informing them when coworkers have checked favorable for the disease. Amazon has actually also been criticized for not providing enough cleaning supplies in its warehouses, regardless of guaranteeing workers that it has actually ramped up its cleaning procedures.