GOOGLE has launched its highly anticipated coronavirus website for the US.
The site was surrounded by much confusion as President Donald Trump wrongly claimed it would be a screening website and direct people to testing sites.
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The actual website includes important information like an overview of the virus.
It also states the symptoms, how we can try and prevent it and how it’s being treated.
Google has relied on the World Health Organization and the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention for the information it provides.
Although this specific website was designed predominately with US citizens in mind it also provides useful information about the rest of the world.
Google is also providing enhanced information cards for different countries.
If you search for the term “coronavirus” or related words in the UK then a fact card pops up directing you to NHS information.
A statement on the Google blog that announced the website stated: “In addition to launching new features on Google Search that provide easy access to more authoritative information, we’ve worked with relevant agencies and authorities to roll out a website—available at google.com/covid19—focused on education, prevention and local resources.
“People can find state-based information, safety and prevention tips, search trends related to COVID-19, and further resources for individuals, educators and businesses.
“Launching today in the U.S., the site will be available in more languages and countries in the coming days and we’ll update the website as more resources become available.”
Other useful things on the website include a global map showing cases by country, feel-good YouTube videos and information about Google’s other relief efforts.
The website has come at a time when tech giants like Google are battling with the spread of fake news about coronavirus.
Google may eventually provide information about where people can get tested for COVID-19 when trustworthy and reliable information is available to share.
What to do if you’re worried you’ve got coronavirus
The new coronavirus is continuing to sweep its way across the globe with Britain seeing more cases in people who aren’t linked to outbreaks overseas.
Symptoms of Covid-19 can include: a cough, a high temperature, difficulty breathing
In most cases, you won’t know whether you have a coronavirus or a different cold-causing virus.
But if a coronavirus infection spreads to the lower respiratory tract, it can cause pneumonia, especially in older people, people with heart disease or people with weakened immune systems.
It is incredibly contagious and is spread through contact with anything the virus is on as well as infected breath, coughs or sneezes.
The best way to prevent catching any form of coronavirus is to practice good hygiene.
If you have cold-like symptoms, you can help protect others by staying home when you are sick and avoiding contact with others.
You should also cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough and sneeze then throw it away and wash your hands.
Cleaning and disinfecting objects and surfaces which you may have touched is also important.
Meanwhile, leading symptom-checking provider to the NHS Doctorlink has been updated to help identify patients’ risk of having coronavirus.
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