Google’s new website on Coronavirus offers information about the pandemic, prevention measures as well as local resources. Read on…
As Coronavirus has become its biggest search topic by a country, Google has recently launched a new website that is dedicated to the pandemic as well as an improved search experience for desktop and mobile. The new website is a repository of information on Coronavirus, its symptoms and other useful information around it.
Talking about the new initiative, Emily Moxley, Google’s product manager for search, writes in a blog, “Now, as we continue to see people’s information needs expanding, we’re introducing a more comprehensive experience for COVID-19 in Search, providing easy access to authoritative information from health authorities alongside new data and visualizations.”
Let us examine — why we must check out Google’s new website on Coronavirus:
Rich in credible information:
The website has answers to all your questions regarding Coronavirus. It is full of data, numbers and experts’ advice. It also shares tips on staying healthy, links to localized as well as official resources and links to fundraising efforts.
Information presented in a systematic way:
All the information that you want about COVID-19 will be presented to you at the click of your mouse. The Google website on the coronavirus focuses on the basic and important information on its first page. So for those who are still not aware about the symptoms and ways to protect yourself, the first page will answer all your questions.
It is from here that the website covers detail topics like advice for the elderly or senior citizens, tips on for people working from home, information on self-isolation as well as a map-based data overview to understand what is going on elsewhere and information on resources for help as well as relief efforts.
Guidance around local health services
As the need of the hour is medial support, guidance and healthcare and not just information, Google’s new website has direction by authoritative public health officials as well provision for users to locate appropriate health services.
Google’s future plans:
With a mission to inform people as well as help Americans find answers to their questions and get the help they need, Google has promised more work on the website.
According to the tech giant, the site on coronavirus will be available in more languages and countries soon and they will update the website as more resources become available.
The other website by Google:
A pilot website for coronavirus screening was launched by Verily, a subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet, on March 16. The screening and testing portal is only available to California residents in Santa Clara and San Mateo regions as of now.
The website has been a result of collaboration with Verily as well as the federal, state and local officials. The purpose of this website was to expand testing access in California due to a huge number of cases. Quoting Verily, a USA Today report says that this website “will triage people who are concerned about their COVID-19 risk into testing sites based on guidance from public health officials and test availability.”
However, days after the launch the website created by Veril had overloaded and was not able to offer appointments for screening.