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Should you test for coronavirus? Soon you can check on a dedicated Google website

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Published Mar 14, 2020, 5:26 pm IST
Updated Mar 14, 2020, 5:26 pm IST
Google is developing a website to determine whether a test is warranted and to facilitate testing for US citizens at convenient locations
A medical worker takes a swab from a previously recovered COVID-19 coronavirus patient during testing at a hospital in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province on March 14, 2020. - China reported 11 new infections of the coronavirus on March 14, and for the first time since the start of the epidemic the majority of them were imported cases from overseas. (Photo | AFP)
 A medical worker takes a swab from a previously recovered COVID-19 coronavirus patient during testing at a hospital in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province on March 14, 2020. - China reported 11 new infections of the coronavirus on March 14, and for the first time since the start of the epidemic the majority of them were imported cases from overseas. (Photo | AFP)

San Francisco: US President Donald Trump announced Friday that internet giant Alphabet is creating a website where people will be able to check whether they have symptoms of the novel coronavirus.

Verily Life Sciences, once a project in a Google X lab, now its own health business unit, is testing a “tool to help triage individuals for COVID-19 testing,” Google confirmed on Twitter.

 

“Verily is in the early stages of development, and planning to roll testing out in the Bay Area, with the hope of expanding more broadly over time,” the tweet said, referring to San Francisco and surrounding communities.

Trump thanked Google while declaring a state of national emergency due to the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

Google is helping to develop a website “to determine whether a test is warranted and to facilitate testing at a nearby convenient location,” Trump said.

Google has a large team of engineers devoted to the project, and has made significant progress, according to Trump.

 

A launch date for the website should be known by late Sunday, according to Vice President Mike Pence.

“You can go to the website, type in your symptoms and be given direction whether or not a test is indicated,” Pence said.

The website will then direct users to locations where they can obtain drive-through testing, he said.

San Francisco has begun setting up temporary, drive-through coronavirus testing locations.

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