Google’s sister concern Verily launches COVID-19 online screening site

Google's sister concern Verily launches COVID-19 online screening site

Google's sister concern Verily launches COVID-19 online screening site

Verily a life science unit of google parent company Alphabet have created an online portal  to Test COVID-19. It was launched as pilot on 15th March Sunday at SANFRANSISCO meant to residents in the Santa Clara County and San Mateo County south of SF. Then it will expand to Central Valley and Worldwide Countries.

Partnering with the U. S. Government Google sister company Verily is helping the people to educate on COVID-19, prevent and give national wide services through website, which is free and able to social distance.

By checking Symptoms on coronavirus one can identify whether he/she want to go for a Testing and where. This website will help to schedule the appointment and screening.

Sundar Pichai, Google CEO said in a statement on Sunday (March 15). “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.” Also it stated, verily will have High Privacy Standards and informations will be stored in Verily’s Possession.

Essentials for screening website

  • Users must be U.S .residents of at least 18 years of age and above. 
  • One Should have Google Account
  • Willing to sign a COVID-19 Public Health authorization form
  • Willing to share health information with Google
  • Users must also live in a county where testing is available

The company said, it won’t connect to other Google services without permission. 

Meanwhile, the initially rollout in SF Verily website COVID -19 screening is limited to test locations in U.S. says company.

On Monday within few hours of launching Verily says ;

“Unfortunately we are unable to schedule more appointments at this time. Appointments will continue to expand through this program as we scale capacity in the near future.  Please check back later.”

Merchants like Target, Walmart and CVS are ready to work with the government to set up Testing Sites.

Testing can only break the chain of spreading infection, said WHO. Testing programme is the best way to slow Advance of Pandemic.

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