Google launches ‘SOS Alert’ for coronavirus in search results
Google launches ‘SOS Alert’ for the coronavirus in search results to provide users with advice and information from the World Health Organization on how to stay safe
- Google partners with WHO to make coronavirus information easily accessible
- SOS Alert prioritizes WHO information on the virus when users search for ‘coronavirus’
- The function, launched in 2017, provides reliable information to users during emergencies
Google has partnered with the World Health Organization to launch an SOS alert dedicated to the coronavirus.
The search engine will prioritize information about the WHO virus, including safety tips and WHO Twitter updates on the spread of the virus and how to stay safe.
Anyone looking for information about the coronavirus will be shown an SOS Alert box with WHO resources at the top of the results page.
Google’s SOS alert quickly prioritizes reliable sources of information to help provide people with critical information about a public emergency.
Google users will know that the alert is active due to the SOS alert header that appears at the top of the page.
Users can also click the arrow share icon at the top of the SOS Alert to share a Google coronavirus search link to Facebook, Twitter or in an email.
Users just have to search for ‘coronavirus’ or other searches, including the name of the virus, to receive a health search box and information that links to the WHO website, as well as safety tips
HOW DOES SOS ALERT WORK?
SOS Alerts brings key information such as updates.
These include information on official alerts, tweets and phrases in the local language.
It will allow people to know which roads are closed, traffic jams and places where they can find shelter.
Users who are close to the affected area will receive notifications.
People who are not in the area and who want information about the crisis can look for the SOS Alert that provides a timely overview of the situation.
You can simply type “coronavirus” in the search engine and you will be presented with a “Help and information” box with WHO links and another “Security advice” box on how to prevent the spread of the virus.
The WHO declared the coronavirus virus a global health emergency on Thursday.
The worldwide death toll from the virus has reached 213, with the first two cases in the United Kingdom confirmed on Friday.
“Today we launched an SOS Alert with WHO so that resources on the coronavirus are easily accessible,” Google tweeted Thursday.
“We do this regularly for crisis events around the world where public safety could be at risk.”
The SOS alerts aim to make emergency information more accessible to users during a natural or human crisis.
The SOS alert function prioritizes WHO sources, which declared the virus a global health emergency on Thursday
The function was launched in 2017 as a way to help save lives in emergencies, such as fires, floods or terrorist situations.
SOS Alerts, which is available in both Search and Maps, helps users find locations, featured news and local authorities information.
It also sends notifications to smartphones depending on how close the user is to the incident.
“Our goal is to provide the most relevant, credible and actionable information during a crisis,” says the tech giant.
‘During a crisis, people need real-time information.
‘Whether they are experiencing a problem on the ground or trying to understand the situation from afar, we want our products to give people quick access to important information, such as what is happening and where it is happening, to help them stay safe and secure. informed.
Google also announced Thursday that it had donated $ 250,000 to the Chinese Red Cross to support humanitarian efforts following the outbreak.
On Thursday, Facebook announced that it would eliminate false information about the virus and promote legitimate sources of information on the progress of the outbreak, including WHO.
The social media giant said its global network of third-party data verifiers is reviewing the content and ‘discrediting false claims’ related to the outbreak.
Meanwhile, Twitter users will see a link to the Department of Health and Social Assistance website that contains the latest information and advice on the emergency, when they search for ‘coronavirus’.
More than 9,800 have been infected with Wuhan’s coronavirus in at least 21 countries and regions until Friday morning.