If you search for ‘Coronavirus’ on Google, you’ll be directed to a curated search results page with resources from the World Health Organization, safety tips, and news updates, Google and the WHO announced today. Google also announced a $250,000 direct grant from Google.org which is the company’s philanthropic arm and will go to the Chinese Red Cross to help support coronavirus relief efforts.
Today we launched an SOS Alert w/ @WHO, to make resources about #coronavirus easily accessible. When people search for related info on @Google, they’ll find the alert atop results page w/ direct access to safety tips, info, resources & Twitter updates from WHO.
— Google Communications (@Google_Comms) January 30, 2020
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World Health Organization declared that the coronavirus outbreak is a global public health emergency as there have been over 8,000 confirmed cases and more than 170 deaths since its outbreak. According to the CDC, as of January 29th, five people in the US have been confirmed to have the disease and 92 people are under investigation. On the other hand, the first person-to-person transmission of coronavirus was reported in the US earlier today.
Google and Tesla have closed down their offices or operations in China due to the outbreak. Also, multiple airlines have suspended their flights in the near future as a safety precaution.