Google launches a coronavirus info hub to keep you up to date

Ruben Fields
March 22, 2020

Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai said in a blog post last Sunday that the search giant was partnering with the USA government to create a website by March 16.

The new Google website - accessed via google.com/covid19 - provides useful resources to fight the novel coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease it causes. People can find state-based information, safety and prevention tips, search trends related to COVID-19, and further resources for individuals, educators and businesses. There's also a statistics category that shows the number of confirmed cases, deaths and recoveries per country.

They would appear when you search for something related to coronavirus, helping you stay updated on the situation of the outbreak and the precautions needed to prevent its contraction or transmission. "This new format organizes the search results page to help people easily navigate information and resources, and it will also make it possible to add more information over time as it becomes available".

The state of coronavirus in the US has drastically changed in the past week.

To help people deal with the coronavirus pandemic, Google lists some resources to help, which includes videos on a wide range of topics. It's just a drop-down menu of states.

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Earlier this week, the company Verily, which works with Google, launched a site for the Bay Area.

We hope you're staying safe and healthy out there in these unusual times, and if you're looking for one more place to get information on the new coronavirus then Google has just provided one.

For example, if you search for Coronavirus, you'll see a dedicated box that says COVID-19 Alert with tabs for Overview, Symptoms, Prevention and Treatments. What's important about the information displayed by Google search results is that it comes from the likes of World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hopefully helping to counteract misinformation and rumors.

A Google spokesperson told The Verge that Google hopes to provide a questionnaire and information about local drive-thru testing locations once there's "authoritative and trustworthy information" widely available.

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