Google is testing a new feature amid the deadly second wave of the Kovid-19 pandemic in the country. On Monday, Google said that it is doing a feature test in Google Maps, which will provide information about the availability of beds and medical oxygen to the people. Through this, people will also be able to share information.
India in the second wave is facing shortage of hospitals, medical oxygen and beds in many states and on social media people are asking for help for oxygen cylinders, hospital beds, plasma donors and ventilators. In such a situation, this feature of Google Maps can prove to be very useful in the fight against Kovid-19.
Validation may have to be done before information is used
The company stated that “We are testing a feature using the Q&A function in Maps, which enables people to take and share local information about the availability of beds and medical oxygen in select locations.” This information will be user generated content and will not be provided by Authorized Sources. It may be necessary to verify the information before using it. ”
Google team focusing on three priority areas
Google said that its team is focusing on three priority areas. The first is to ensure that people have access to the latest and official information, the second is to promote safety and vaccination messages and to provide financial support to affected communities, health officials and organizations.
In addition to showing 2,500 test centers on Google search and maps, Google is now helping to share the location of more than 23,000 vaccination centers across the country in English and eight Indian languages.
Campaign is being run to help NGOs
The company said that it is running an internal donation campaign to raise money for several NGOs, including GiveIndia, Charities Aid Foundation India, Goonj and United Way of Mumbai, etc. So far, about Rs 33 crore has been raised and the campaign is still going on.