How to Ask Siri About COVID-19 & Get Help Fast

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If you're wondering whether your cough is allergies or COVID-19, you aren't alone. Apple has added COVID-19 to things you can ask Siri about. If you want to know more about the illness, this tip will show you a way to access reliable and accurate information. Whether you're checking your symptoms or looking for help from a medical professional, Siri's here to help. Let's dive in with how to ask Siri for information about COVID-19.

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How to Get Help for COVID-19 from Siri

  1. If you haven't set up Siri yet, you'll want to do that first.
  2. Next, you can use Hey Siri or hold down the Home or side button.
  3. If you're having trouble speaking, you can type to Siri instead.
  4. Now, say something like, "Do I have COVID-19."
  5. Siri will take you through a series of prompts.


     
  6. Depending on how you answer, Siri will respond in one of three ways:
    No symptoms: Siri will send you to the CDC guidelines for prevention.
    Mild symptoms: Siri will give you a list of telehealth providers.
    Severe symptoms: Siri will tell you to call 911.
  7. If you've been directed to a telehalth service, then select Learn more on the App Store to continue..
  8. Now, select the app you want to use to reach a health care provider.

If you're worried about cost, these telehealth providers accept most insurance, including Medicare. Telehealth restrictions for Medicare recepients have been temporarily removed for COVID-19. If you need cheering up, you can try asking Siri some fun things as well, like its favorite color. We hope this tip helps you stay healthy and informed.

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Tamlin Day is a feature web writer for iPhone Life and a regular contributor to iPhone Life magazine. A prolific writer of tips, reviews, and in-depth guides, Tamlin has written hundreds of articles for iPhone Life. From iPhone settings to recommendations for the best iPhone-compatible gear to the latest Apple news, Tamlin's expertise covers a broad spectrum. 

Before joining iPhone Life, Tamlin received his BFA in Media & Communications as well as a BA in Graphic Design from Maharishi International University (MIU), where he edited MIU's literary journal, Meta-fore. With a passion for teaching, Tamlin has instructed young adults, college students, and adult learners on topics ranging from spoken word poetry to taking the perfect group selfie. Tamlin's first computer, a Radioshack Color Computer III, was given to him by his father. At 13, Tamlin built his first PC from spare parts. He is proud to put his passion for teaching and tech into practice as a writer and educator at iPhone Life.