Google Launches Portal to Help U.S. Users Find Information on Coronavirus

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Google has launched a U.S.-focused portal which aims to give people the latest guidance on COVID-19 as the death toll continues to rise across the country.

The search giant launched Google.com/covid19 which contains resources and links for people looking for information on symptoms, testing, and developments. Currently only in English, it will be rolled it out in other languages and countries in the future.

In a blog post, Google said that the disease was by far the most common topic people looked for in 2020 and it wanted to be able to link users to resources from local and national health authorities. There would also be access to Twitter accounts of civic and health groups which can keep people abreast of the latest local guidance.

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This illustration picture shows the Google logo on February 14, 2020 in Brussels. The search giant has launched a website to help people get information about the coronavirus
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Tapping into resources provided by the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the portal would also provide safety and prevention tips as well as information on education and prevention.

“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,” Emily Moxley, Google’s product manager said in a blog post.

“As coronavirus becomes a challenge in more communities and as authorities around the world develop new guidance and tools to address the pandemic, we’ll continue to find more opportunities to connect people with key information to keep themselves, their families, and their communities safe,” the post added.