Google has upgraded its search to show coronavirus testing and health facilities in 43 states.
With adequate testing being hailed as one of the single most critical factors to combating the pandemic and reopening the economy, finding a facility that offers testing can still be a challenge. Google is working to address that by listing testing facilities in its search results.
At the same time, not all facilities will show up. According to a support page, Google is “working to make this information easily searchable on Google in a way that aligns with the local testing procedures and recommendations.” As a result, the company will only show facilities approved for publishing. Even so, according to The Verge, that still translates to over 2,000 facilities in 43 states. When searching for topics related to COVID-19, a “Testing” tab will appear on the left.
Google’s move is just the latest example of how tech companies are on the forefront of fighting the pandemic.