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COVID-19: Google introduces a Coronavirus search hub for netizens

Google has also launched an SOS Alert related to COVID-19 pandemic in 25 languages across dozens of countries.

With the increasing anxiety amongst the people about the Coronavirus pandemic that have taken the world by a storm, search interest in COVID-19 has continued to climb across the globe. Google has now introduces a website dedicated to provide legitimate information related to Coronavirus.

On this Google’s website that is dedicated to information related to Coronavirus, one gets to see safety and prevention tips provided by World Health Organization (WHO) as well as by Centre of Disease Control and Prevention. There are videos from experts on topics like things you can do to manage COVID-19 at home, how one can protect themselves against COVID-19 virus and what older adults need to know.

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Apart from this, Google’s portal on Coronavirus has even given out answers related to what people are mostly searching about the COVID-19, which includes topics like:

  • Latest coronavirus news
  • Remote jobs
  • How to self-isolate in a shared house
  • What is shelter in place?
  • Is it safe to travel?
  • What is social distancing?
  • Things to do at home

According to a Google blog post, “Right now the disease is the largest topic people are looking for globally, surpassing even some of the most common and consistent queries we see in Search.”

Further, the Coronavirus search hub by Google even comprises of data and insights resources to help support global relief efforts. The website revealed that Google.org is committing $50 million to the global COVID-19 response.

With focus on education, prevention and local resources, google.com/covid19 has also shared interesting YouTube videos as well as extensive information for individuals, educators and businesses.

Initially launched in the U.S., the COVID-19 website will be available in more languages and countries in the coming days and we’ll update the website as more resources become available.

Besides this, Google has also launched an SOS Alert related to COVID-19 pandemic in 25 languages across dozens of countries. Moreover, people in more than 50 countries can access localized public health guidance from health authorities.

In order to help people track the latest information about the spread of the disease, Google has even added up modules with statistics and a map showing COVID-19 prevalence in countries around the world.

With many educational institutions around the globe are undergoing, extending or planning closures due to COVID-19, Google has even created new distance learning resources including a collection of training materials, a list of useful apps, a new [email protected] YouTube resource designed for families, as well as a series of blog posts and webinars.

“We’ve also made our premium Meet features free for schools through July 1, 2020. This includes the ability to have 250 people in a call together, record lessons and livestream. And thanks to feedback from educators, we’re also constantly making product improvements, like these new educator controls for Hangouts Meet,” said Avni Shah, VP, Google Education.

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