It serves as an online resource for understanding the coronavirus outbreak, but the Google website is not what the Trump administration described.
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This story originally appeared on PCMag
The platform offers regularly updated information and data. Google reveals the main coronavirus-related searches, but it also features several elements that focus on education and prevention. When you visit the Google website, you will see a standard information card that explains COVID-19 and how it spreads. Google then directs users to visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization , as they are trusted experts in the field.
Additionally, the website includes several clips highlighting important information and state-specific links to understand the measures being implemented locally. There's also a full section devoted to tips for working remotely, dealing with stressful days, exercising, and cooking.
Google didn't plan to launch a full website so soon, but White House officials put the Mountain View-based company in the eye of the hurricane at a press conference. It doesn't look like what President Donald Trump described: an online resource for all Americans to locate test centers to find out if you have Covid-19. Instead, all Americans can visit the generic Google website that offers information about the coronavirus outbreak.
In addition to the website, there is also an update for Search . Google announced that it will offer better search results through information cards. They will include an overview with the main stories, as well as tabs for symptoms, prevention, treatments and statistics. Among all this, tracking the coronavirus and understanding its nature shouldn't be too difficult.
Limited to the United States at this time, the website should reach other countries and languages in the coming days. Google is developing a system that collects information and data for all parts of the world to serve the general public. From there, it's just a matter of people listening to health organizations in a global effort to reduce the disease's ability to spread to more people.