The spread of the corona virus is now becoming a concern of various countries in the world. This outbreak was first discovered in the Wuhan region, China. To date, there are 14,568 people infected with corona throughout the world. 305 of them died.
Corona virus infections are increasingly widespread also received attention from the search engine giant, Google. The company, based in Mountain View, California, United States, took the initiative to launch an SOS alert when users searched for information with the keyword “coronavirus”.
This initiative is the result of a collaboration between Google and the World Health Organization ( WHO ). When users search on Google with the keyword “coronavirus”, Google will automatically display content that is relevant to the distribution of corona such as the latest news, tips, to the Twitter of corona experts on Twitter.
“Today we launched SOS Alerts with WHO, to provide information about coronavirus that is easily accessible. When people search for related info on Google, they will find warnings at the top with direct access to safety tips, information, and the latest updates from Twitter WHO, “wrote Google through its Twitter account.
Our observation, the SOS warning appears when a search engine is set for the United States search region. If search engine settings are set for the territory of Indonesia, the SOS warning does not appear. In the first column of the search results, SOS warnings and headlines appear on the corona virus.
Then in the second bar appears various information related to Corona from the tweets of experts on Twitter. Summarized from Mashable, Monday (02/03/2020), besides that Google also donated to the Chinese Red Cross as much as 250,000 US dollars for the handling of victims.
Not only that, Google also collects funds from internal employees to be channeled to handle corona virus. Overall, Google collected funds of more than 800,000 US dollars or equivalent. On the other hand, since the Corona virus broke out, Google has been forced to temporarily close its four offices in China, as well as in Hong Kong and Taiwan.
The closure of the two Google offices began before the Chinese New Year holidays, but was extended because of regulations from the local Chinese government.