A symptom checker can’t diagnose you with COVID-19, as this can only be done through testing, however, it can help to alleviate fears and advise staying away from hospitals or GP surgeries.
Prof Dr Maureen Baker, Chief Medical Officer at Your.MD and former Chair of the UK’s Royal College of General Practitioners said: “When pandemics hit they overwhelm health services. Even China is struggling.
“Imagine what can happen in low and middle-income countries with underdeveloped health systems or even the UK’s National Health System (NHS) which already struggles to cope with a normal flu season.”
If AI health chatbots can’t reliably detect COVID-19 and should only advise you to stay at home, what else can they do?