United States President Donald Trump announced that the internet giant is building a website that enables people to check whether they have symptoms of the novel coronavirus or Covid-19, and in turn, “to determine whether a test is warranted and to facilitate testing at a nearby convenient location,” Trump said.
Statement from Verily: "We are developing a tool to help triage individuals for Covid-19 testing. 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.
— Google Communications (@Google_Comms) March 13, 2020
With a large team of engineers devoted to the project, Google has made significant progress so far, according to Trump.
While declaring a state of national emergency due to the Covid-19 officially became pandemic, President Trump sent his gratitude to Google for their initiatives to assist amidst the virus outbreak.
“Our overriding goal is to stop the spread of the virus and help all Americans impacted by this,” Trump said. “Again, we don’t want everybody taking this test. It is totally unnecessary. And this will pass.”
According to Vice President Mike Pence, a launch date for the website would be announced by late Sunday. “You can go to the website, type in your symptoms and be given direction whether or not a test is indicated.”
He said that the website, once self-checked, will direct users to locations where they can obtain drive-through testing.
As of recent, setting up temporary, drive-through Covid-19 testing locations has begun in San Francisco.