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Google Isn't Developing A Coronavirus Testing Site, Despite Donald Trump's Claims

Google Isn't Developing A Coronavirus Testing Site, Despite Donald Trump's Claims

During a press conference today (March 13), Donald Trump claimed that Google was developing a website dedicated to coronavirus testing.

“I want to thank Google,” Trump shared during the press conference. “Google is helping to develop a website. It’s going to be very quickly done, unlike websites of the past, to determine whether a test is warranted and to facilitate testing at a nearby convenient location.”

However, that is not true at all.

Instead, Google’s parent company, Alphabet, does have plans to launch a small-scale website next week that will be focused solely on the California-based patients.

“What we’re building is a triage tool that will live on, and we plan to pilot it in California next week,” said Carolyn Wang, a spokesperson for the Alphabet subsidiary, Verily (via CNN).

She added, “Our aspiration is for the triage tool to be used much more broadly over time. Initially, we’re linking it with several sites in the Bay Area to test and iterate, and collaborating closely with organizations like Quest Diagnostics and Labcorp who are also working on additional approaches to making testing more accessible and expedient in other areas.”

If you’re not caught up yet, here’s everything that’s been delayed so far because of coronavirus.

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