A Google virus testing website which has already been spoken about by U.S. President Donald Trump is right now at an extremely early stage and will first roll out in the San Francisco Bay Area on Monday.
Trump mentioned this at a news conference on Friday in which he said that the site will help people figure out whether or not, they will be tested for the coronavirus and then accordingly they will be redirected to the closest location. This will also include drive-through testing centers in Walmart and Target parking lots. As of now, Google has roughly 1,700 engineers working on the project, the president added.
This site is essentially a virus triage tool and it is being developed by Verily which is a health-care unit of Alphabet. It is slated to be a part of Verily’s Project Baseline and will be a section of the current website www.projectbaseline.com, as per a spokeswoman.
The website was one of the several announcements which Trump made during the press conference in the White House Rose Garden. He also declared a national emergency, waived student-loan interest payments and said the government would purchase large quantities of oil to help stabilize prices.
Alphabet Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai informed the employees that there was planning effort to see how Verily and Google could help with testing.
“As more test kits become available, the planners are looking to develop a pathway for public health and health care agencies to direct people to our Baseline website, where individuals who are at higher risk can be directed to testing sites based on the latest guidance from public health authorities,” Pichai wrote.
Project Baseline is one of the long-term Alphabet initiative in order to collect and collate genetic and molecular information from hundreds of people so that there could be a detailed map, or baseline, for what a healthy human being should act and be.