President Donald Trump incorrectly said in an emergency address that Google created a coronavirus test site.
According to Trump, 1,700 Google engineers are working on a coronavirus detection site that could be launched this Sunday.
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– Howard Mortman (@HowardMortman), March 13, 2020
Rather, the site is not only ready for launch, nor is it developed by Google. The site was developed by a company called Verily, which is owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet.
Google and Verily are completely different companies, as Google itself stated in a tweet:
“We are developing a tool to classify people for Covid19 testing. Actually, it is in an early stage of development and plans to run tests in the Bay Area in hopes of expanding further over time.
“We appreciate the support of government officials and industry partners and we thank the Google engineers who have volunteered to participate in this effort.”
Actually TechCrunch made its own statement:
Indeed, a tool is developed to help people COVIDAR19-Tests can be classified. We are at an early stage of development and plan to run tests in the Bay Area in hopes of expanding further over time, ”the company said in its statement. “We appreciate the support of government officials and industry partners and we thank the Google engineers who have volunteered to participate in this effort.”
Another point Trump omits, which you can read in the previous statement, is that the site will first be deployed in the San Francisco Bay Area in the “hope” that it will eventually expand to other areas.
This is quite important information that should be omitted from a statement sent directly to the US. USA
For comparison, read the following Trump statement:
“I would like to thank Google. Google helps develop a website. Unlike previous sites, it will be very quick to determine if a test is warranted and to facilitate the test at a convenient nearby location. Google currently has 1,700 engineers working on it. You have made tremendous progress. “
Based on what we have learned from Trump’s testimony, these are the key points of all this:
- Actually, develop a coronavirus detection site, not Google.
- Google and Verily are owned by Alphabet, but are otherwise separate companies.
- Users can visit the site and enter their symptoms to find out if they match the coronavirus symptoms.
- The website helps guide people to the closest facility where they can be properly evaluated.
- The results of the custom tests are available later on the site.
We currently do not know when the site begins or what other relevant information is available.