The phone number AlloCovid was launched this morning (Monday) by researchers from the Inserm. At the end of the wire, a voice of a woman, and in reality a thousand robots advise people worried about a possible contamination at Covid-19.
Call 0806 800 540, you may have the feeling of being welcomed by your GPS. It is a female voice that puts you in the bath : “I am your virtual assistant “. The result of the conversation is a questionnaire, which you are invited to respond by yes or no, then analyzed in real time to give you tips as to call it the 15, consult your doctor, or simply stay confined.
A three-minute questionnaire
Fever, cough, loss of taste, diarrhea, the first part of this questionnaire relates to your current symptoms. So far, everything seems normal.
To the last questions, sex, weight, size and zip code, some might think that this robot-there is shows downright intrusive !
Inserm wishes to explain, and reassure. On the one hand, the institute says that the phone numbers are not stored and that the “conversations” are anonymized. On the other hand, the fact of giving its zip code has a utility specific : to be able to quickly identify potential homes for the resurgence of the Covid-19.
The phone number AlloCovid it is not linked to the future application StopCovid, the establishment of which should be decided on tomorrow, even as an alternative. The data collected should not be shared.