Google sister firm Verily launched a website late Sunday that invites people in northern California to answer queries about their recent health and travel that might result in their getting a free coronavirus test.
U.S. Prez Donald Trump had thanked Google on Friday for developing a site that he stated would help individuals determine whether or not they needed a coronavirus test.
Verily, a health care technology firm owned by Alphabet, stated it worked with a few employees at Google, to develop the new website.
The website reads Verily is working “with the California governor’s office to direct high-risk people to newly-launched built facilities in San Mateo and Santa Clara” counties, by calling those users directly to set testing appointments.
Individuals showing symptoms of the flu-like virus are supposed to seek medical care, rather than a test by Verily’s system, the company mentioned.
The novel coronavirus pandemic has infected over 162,000 individuals and more than 6,000 people have died globally from the illness it causes, COVID-19.
Besides, Verily said user-submitted data can be used for research purposes with consent, although it may ask for that permission in the future.
Making a Google account obligatory to use the website drew some criticism on social media.