Now You Can Ask Alexa for Guidance About COVID-19

Go ahead, ask for a 20 second song to help with hand washing

Why This Matters

Getting factual information about COVID-19 and what to do if you're experiencing symptoms is important and life-saving. Using your voice makes a lot of sense, too, and may be calming for some folks.

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Amazon just made it possible to get factual information and screening with your voice using its Alexa-powered devices.

What you can do: Ask Alexa "What do I do if I think I have COVID-19 (or coronavirus)?" and she'll ask a series of questions (probably similar to those on the Apple screening web site or app) about your symptoms and exposure potential. Alexa will provide guidance sourced from the CDC based on your risk level. The voice assistant will use Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare guidance that matches your symptoms.

Have some fun while washing: If you're in the US, UK, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, or India, you can ask Alexa to sing a song for 20 seconds to help time your hand washing. This could be a great way for kids to manage their own time at the sink.

Alexa, what do I do if I think I have COVID-19 (or coronavirus)?

What else: Amazon says Alexa can answer thousands of your questions related to COVID-19. You can also ask Fire TV to play the news, as well as Echo Show devices to play the CDC video for any public service announcements in the US. Ask "Alexa, play news from CBS" to get the latest from the CBS News Live feed.

Stay in touch with your voice: You can use Alexa's Drop In feature to talk to people in your contact list, or even other devices in your house. Just say "Alexa, call Dad," or "Alexa, Drop In on the living room."

Even more: You can also use Alexa to donate to local restaurants or national response funds, link your Amazon account to your school system like Blackboard or Canvas, play entertainment on your TV, or even ask Alexa what you should do each day to stay entertained.

For all the details, check out Amazon's COVID-19 page.

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