A week ago, U.S. President Donald Trump said at a news conference that Google was building a coronavirus screening site that would guide people to virus detection sites,media reported. At the time, that claim did not materialise, but Google’s sister company, Verily, launched a website that was only available in the Bay Area and reportedly offered virus testing to only a handful of people. However, Google did say it would launch a coronavirus website. Now, after a brief delay, Google has finally launched the viral site.
What’s more, Google provides an enhanced information bar on this site for those searching for information about the coronavirus. This information bar with virus symptoms, prevention, global statistics, and local lying information looks a bit like this:
The website’s website is: google.com/covid19. The website does provide some useful resources for people. In a post on its website, Google said people will be able to find “country-based information, security and prevention tips, search trends related to COVID-19, and further resources for individuals, educators, and businesses.” Google stresses that the site is accessible from “authoritative” sources such as WHO and the CDC.
The site is currently only available in English, but a Google spokesman told the media that the Spanish version of the site will soon be available. The site is also designed with accessibility in mind, such as using larger fonts that Google often uses.
The site also provides American Sign Language (ASL) videos and a global map of confirmed cases by country, as well as a wealth of information about Google’s other rescue efforts – in addition to some YouTube videos.
The site, which Google posted, did not include what President Trump initially claimed. The closest thing to President Trump’s claim is a drop-down menu that provides links to local websites — in which, for example, when “California” is selected, a link to the California Department of Public Health will be provided.
Currently, the CDC has a Microsoft-assisted self-checking chatbot, but the media quotes an executive from a healthcare provider as saying: “It’s just a tool to help people ease their anxiety.” “
In other words, many large technology companies are trying to provide coronavirus-related support, but none has been able to solve some of the biggest problems of the pandemic: access to virus testing and the crisis facing our healthcare infrastructure.
At some point in the future, Google may provide a survey of the locations of the drive-thru test site. But a spokesman said the company would only do so if it had received authoritative information about the sites. Unfortunately, it will take a long time to obtain accurate location information.