• Google & WHO team up to create Coronavirus SOS alert

    Date:3 February 2020 Author: Kyro Mitchell Tags:, , ,

    On Thursday, 30 January, The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the coronavirus a global health emergency, and with that came a slew of fake reports and search results on Google. In a bid to prevent the spread of fake news, Google has teamed up with WHO to create a new feature that will provide the general public with relevant information regarding the coronavirus from trusted sources like news agencies and WHO itself.

    Google announced the partnership with WHO on Twitter, stating that anyone who searches for information regarding the coronavirus will be presented with information directly from WHO. This includes the current status of the virus outbreak, along with tips on how you can prevent yourself from contracting the virus.

    When searching Google for ‘coronavirus’, you’ll be greeted by the “2019 Novel Coronavirus SOS alert”. Strangely, clicking the alert doesn’t do anything besides let you share it to Facebook, Twitter, and email. However, if you scroll down past the alert you’ll get quick access to info and safety tips regarding the virus directly from WHO.

    Along with teaming up with WHO, Google has issued a grant of over R3 million ($250,000) to the Chinese Red Cross to support relief efforts.

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