COVID-19 Update: Google will soon show the nearest vaccine center, empty oxygen beds and more

Google has released an update on Monday saying that a new update has been given in ‘Google Search’ in India, which will give people information related to the COVID-19 vaccine and its registration. The US-based company is also testing new features in Google Maps. So that users in the country will also get information related to Kovid such as hospitals, beds and medical oxygen. The company also said that we are also helping NGOs like Give India, Charities Aid Foundation India, Goonj and United Way of Mumbai Rage Funds.

This update made in Google Search is very important in itself, given the corona conditions that will help India fight COVID-19. When the user questions about the vaccine on Google search, it will also inform about the vaccine safety, its effects, side effects, etc. along with registration. Google has also given a link to the government’s CoWIN portal from where users can register for the vaccine.

Talking about the new update on the vaccine, the Prevention and Treatment tab has been given in Google search, which also gives information about its prevention, self-care and treatment. This information has been taken by the authorized medical source and the Ministry of Family Welfare and Health.

Last year, Google similarly provided an update to help users find nearby testing centers. Recently, Google promoted COVID-19 vaccination in the doodle on the homepage.

Not only this, Google has also created a playlist on YouTube which gives reliable information about the vaccine, prevention of corona and expert opinion about the virus. This playlist can be viewed through YouTube India channel.

23000 thousand vaccination center locations have also been placed on Google search and Google Maps across the nation. This information is also available with the Ministry of Family Welfare and Health in English and 8 other Indian languages. Till now Google was showing information of only 2500 testing centers in the country.

Since Indians are now searching for information about Kovid-19, Google is also testing a new feature for this using the Q&A function. This feature will share information about bed availability and medical oxygen in the respective location with the users. However, the company says that this information will be based on the information given by the users and will need to be confirmed officially.

At the same time, Twitter has also started to roll out some features that will help people in finding appropriate resources based on the information given by other users. There are many groups on Facebook and WhatsApp which are helping people in finding resources like hospitals, beds, plasma donors etc.

Google has also started showing some important rescue messages under ‘Get the Facts’ in the vaccine campaign. These messages appear in Google’s homepage, doodles and reminders in the company’s apps and services.
Apart from this, Google has said that we are running an donation campaign to raise funds for NGOs such as Give India, Charities Aid Foundation India, Goonj and United Way of Mumbai Rage Funds etc. The company has claimed that 33 crore rupees ($ 4.6 million) has been raised through this campaign so far.

Google Pay users have also been given a COVID Aid campaign so that people can donate there and help those NGOs working for the needy people.
The company said in a blog post, “As India is facing this tragic wave, we will keep coming forward to help selfless people and committed institutions for this.”

The current wave of Corona has badly affected India. Of this, 3,66,000 new cases and 3,754 deaths have been reported only on Monday alone. Last week itself, the government had announced to give vaccines to people between 18 and 44 years, following the Kovid-19 vaccination campaign. However, people are not able to book appointments for the vaccine due to lack of stock.


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