“ALEXA, DO I HAVE CORONAVIRUS?”
Amazon Alexa U.S. owners are now able to use their device as an initial step toward helping diagnose whether they have the coronavirus. Following a query like “Alexa, what do I do if I think I have COVID-19?” the device will ask a series of questions in regard to “symptoms, travel history and possible exposure to the virus.” Then the voice assistant will provide the user with advice according to official information from the CDC.
NEW APP TRACKS COVID-19 THROUGH NYC
In New York City, the Mount Sinai Health System has developed a new app to assist in monitoring coronavirus symptoms across the five city boroughs. All city residents can access the app through a simple text command to enroll and have their symptoms monitored. Once enrolled, residents will be asked to answer basic questions about their symptoms and then “complete subsequent daily surveys” to track their progress. “The hope is that data collected from the app will help healthcare professionals” to better monitor outbreak clusters and focus needed resources in those areas.
AMAZON LAUNCHES DEDICATED COVID-19 SITE
In other Amazon news, the site has stopped selling high-demand medical supplies like masks, hand sanitizers, face shields, surgical gloves, etc. to the general public and shifted inventory to a dedicated COVID-19 site. This site will only sell to registered and approved organizations as a better way to ensure that needed supplies get to those on the front lines as quickly as possible.