- Google has rolled out a couple of new features and updates to help users to India battle the virus.
- The search giant has added a couple of features to Search, YouTube, and Google Maps to help people locate useful resources.
- . Google has sourced verified information from authorized medical sources and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
While the COVID cases have gone down in most countries, India is still grappling with the second wave of the disease which has claimed so many lives and continues to do so. Google has rolled out a couple of new features and updates to help users to India battle the virus. The search giant has added a couple of features to Search, YouTube, and Google Maps to help people locate useful resources.
Announcing the new updates, Google said in a blog, "Our teams at Google continue to support the tireless work of hospitals, nonprofits, and public health service providers across the country. Right now, we're focused on three priority areas: ensuring people can access the latest and most authoritative information; amplifying vital safety and vaccination messages; and providing financial backing for affected communities, health authorities and other organizations."
Google said that it will display accurate information about vaccine safety, updates related to the vaccine efficacy and side effects, plus registration information that directs users to the Co-WIN website. Users can also look for ways to protect themselves from the virus and treatment under the Prevention and Treatment tab. Google has sourced verified information from authorized medical sources and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
One of the most useful updates that Google has rolled out is the ability to locate test centers on Google Search. The search giant will display locations of over 23,000 vaccination centers nationwide, in English and eight Indian languages. Google said in a blog that is working closely with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to make more vaccination center information available to users throughout India.
Apart from this, Google is also testing a new feature that would let users know about the availability of hospital beds and oxygen cylinders. "We know that some of the most crucial information people are searching for is the availability of hospital beds and access to medical oxygen. To help them find answers more easily, we're testing a new feature using the Q&A function in Maps that enables people to ask about and share local information on the availability of beds and medical oxygen in select locations. As this will be user-generated content and not provided by authorized sources, it may be required to verify the accuracy and freshness of the information before utilizing it," the blog read.