'Alexa, what do I do if I think I have Covid-19?'

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'Alexa, what do I do if I think I have Covid-19?'

Mar 28, 2020 10:55 IST

Amazon has announced in a blog post that users of its Alexa virtual assistant in the US and Japan will now be able to receive help diagnosing their symptoms in case they feel they've contracted Covid-19. Based on the user's risk level and symptoms, Alexa will then relay guidance from the US Centre for Disease Control for American users, and the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare for users in Japan. For customers in India, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, the UK and the US, Alexa can play a song for 20 seconds, to help keep time while washing hands.

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