Alphabet’s Verily (Coronavirus test site) is only available to people in the San Francisco Bay Area for people to get tested for COVID-19 there.
This was basically after the 45th President Donald Trump issued a statement, “Google is going to develop a website. It’s going to be very quickly done, unlike websites of the past to determine if a test is warranted and to facilitate testing at a nearby convenient location… Google has 1,700 engineers working on this right now. They have made tremendous progress.” That Verily who is Google’s sister company unveiled a screening website (Coronavirus test site) for people to get tested for COVID-19.
Prior to the launch. Verily said in a statement, “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. We appreciate the support of government officials and industry partners and thank the Google engineers who have volunteered to be part of this effort.
“We appreciate the support of government officials and industry partners and thank the Google engineers who have volunteered to be part of this effort."— Google Communications (@Google_Comms) March 13, 2020
Coronavirus test site: What requirements the user should fit into to get through the test?
- The user must be eighteen years of age or older.
- He/She should be a US citizen
- Should be able to speak English
- As soon as the User creates an account, and signed the authorization form, he will be required to complete the screener.
- Verily will collect the user’s personal information.
The personal information should contain the name, address, email address, phone number and other various health information which will be used by government authorities for health-related purposes.
Verily, the site also reassured users that any information that they provide will not be shared with their insurance company or will be connected to their Google accounts.
But most intriguing, Google refutes the claims made by President Trump. Taking to Twitter, Google quoted that they are not in gear on any website as mentioned by President Trump. They also made it clear that they are working on a much smaller website, through Verily, which is just a chunk of Google’s parent group Alphabet.