Google and the World Health Organization announced today that users searching for “coronavirus” will now direct users to a select search results page that will include resource information, security tips and news updates from the World Health Organization. Google also announced a $250,000 direct grant from its charity, Google.org, for the Red Cross society of China to support the relief effort. Google.org and Google employees have raised $800,000 (3.5 million yuan) in donations.
The World Health Organization announced today that an outbreak of the coronavirus is a global public health emergency. According to the latest statistics, more than 8,000 cases and more than 170 deaths have been confirmed. As of January 29, five people in the U.S. had been diagnosed with the disease, and another 92 were under investigation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC). Several airlines have suspended or cancelled flights in the near future for safety reasons, and some companies, including Google and Tesla, have closed their offices or operations in China because of the outbreak.