Google will start offering more improved information cards for people looking for coronavirus COVID-19 website
President Donald Trump held a press conference a week ago, where he announced that Google would create a COVID-19 website screening website that would guide people to test sites. As we found in the days that followed, that was not true. Google’s affiliated company Verily unveiled such a platform, but it only provided tests to a minimal number of people for the Bay Area and allegedly only. But Google did promise it will launch some sort of website and it’s here after a little pause.
In addition to the website and probably more significantly, Google will start offering more improved information cards for people looking for coronavirus COVID-19 website, related to search words and terms. Separate Information tabs will be available for symptoms, prevention, cautions, global statistics, and locally relevant information to make things easy.
The site google.com/covid19 has valuable tools like a card that imitates what you’ve seen above. Google’s post announcing the platform says you’ll be able to find “state-based information, safety and prevention tips, search trends related to COVID-19, and further resources for individuals, educators, and businesses.” Google stresses that it’s collecting information from “authoritative” sources such as the WHO and the CDC.
For now, it’s only available in English, but a Google spokesperson tells that it will support the Spanish language is coming soon. The platform was also developed with simplicity in mind, including the larger fonts commonly used by Google. The website includes videos in ASL, a global map showing country-by-country reported cases, as well as plenty of details about Google’s other relief efforts besides some YouTube feel-good videos.
However, if you read through that definition, you will find that it does not include what Trump initially claimed it would be. A drop-down menu that provides links to local websites is the closest thing to finding a test. For example, selecting California delivers a link to the California Public Health Department
currently, the CDC has a self-checker “chatbot” that Microsoft helped create. Still, the WSJ quoted a healthcare provider executive who put it into a practical context, “It’s just something consumers need now to help with anxiety.”
In other words, several major tech companies are making a conscious effort to provide assistance related to coronavirus. Still, none of them can solve some of the pandemic’s most significant problems, which are accessible to research and the imminent crisis in our healthcare system.
Google might provide a questionnaire and information about local drive-thru testing locations at some point in the future. But a spokesperson says the company won’t do that until reliable and trusted information on those pages is available. Sadly it could be a long time coming.