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April 14, 2020

Alexa Works Overtime on Covid-19

This Amazon Alexa blog contains a host of resources related to coping with the coronavirus, including how to stay healthy, informed, connected and entertained. Here’s an excerpt about staying healthy:

– Two new Alexa routines can help you adjust to new schedules. The “Stay at Home” routine starts your day with a fun fact, notifies you to grab lunch and plan dinner. The “Work from Home” routine notifies you when it’s time to start work, when to get up and stretch, and when to start wrapping up for the day. Each routine can be easily enabled through the Alexa app.

– Using Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, our Alexa health team built a U.S. experience that lets you use Alexa to check your risk level for COVID-19 at home, using just your voice. Ask, “Alexa, what do I do if I think I have COVID-19?” or “Alexa, what do I do if I think I have coronavirus?,” and Alexa will ask a series of questions about your travel history, symptoms, and possible exposure. Based on your responses, Alexa will provide CDC guidance given your risk level and symptoms.

– In Japan, you can also use Alexa to check your risk level at home. Based on your responses, Alexa will provide Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare guidance matching your risk level and symptoms.

– Customers in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, India, the UK, and the U.S. can now ask Alexa to sing a song for 20 seconds, and she’ll help you keep time while you scrub your hands with a tune.