Google adds Coronavirus search hub to keep you up to date with the outbreak

By Prakhar Khanna | Published on 23 Mar 2020
Google adds Coronavirus search hub to keep you up to date with the outbreak

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If you are looking for a place to get information about the coronavirus, Google has provided one.

The Google information hub shows up when you search for "coronavirus" or "COVID-19" on Google.

The information hub pulls information from the World Health Organization and links to your local health authorities.

While the world is fighting a pandemic, Google is doing its bit to keep users up to date. If you are looking for a place to get information about the coronavirus, the search giant has provided one. Google has launched a Coronavirus info hub that provides information like symptoms, treatments, and how to avoid getting it in the first place. The hub shows up when you search for "coronavirus" or "COVID-19" on Google. It works both on mobile as well as desktop. The information hub pulls information from the World Health Organization and links to your local health authorities. Moreover, it contains links to the other reliable resources on the web as well. You can head over to google.com/covid19 to access the information hub.

"Since the beginning of the year, search interest in COVID-19 has continued to climb around the world," says Google's Emily Moxley. "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."

It organizes what you need to know into different categories. You’ll see an overview of the disease, alongside categories that focus on symptoms, treatments and preventive measures. Further, it includes a carousel of Twitter accounts from your local civic organizations and health authorities. There’s also a section that highlights the most common questions about coronavirus.

The new feature has started rolling out in English in the US. However, Google says it plans to expand its reach to other countries and make it available in other languages soon.

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