The location-sharing feature is aimed at helping people find each other in crowded places. PHOTO: AFP

Google Maps warns to call your doctor before visiting

Google Map will show a warning alert when users search for "doctor"

Tech Desk March 21, 2020
As the growing concerns over the deadly coronavirus rise, people are rushing to the nearest hospital to get themselves checked.

This has caused infected patients to spread the virus, to counter this, the web mapping service is issuing a warning alert.

The alert will pop up when users search for "doctor" notify the user that they should call the hospital in advance if they feel their symptoms match that of COVID-19, which is fever, flu, nausea and body ache.

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Once you tap the warning sign, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website and a page about what to do if someone is feeling sick pops up.

For iOS, the warning shows up on each location’s listing and on Android devices, it appears in the search results.

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The search engine giant has been working to provide authentic information about the virus with social media platforms being flooded with misinformation that has caused paranoia amongst people.

Hence whenever you search “coronavirus”, the search results with resources from the World Health Organisation, safety tips, and news updates will show up.

This article originally published on The Verge.


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