When it comes to fighting COVID-19, getting information out (the proper kind of information, at least) is just as vital to beating the pandemic as what goes on inside hospitals, laboratories, and government offices.
Knowing what to do to avoid catching the coronavirus and what symptoms to look out for can sometimes literally mean the difference between life and death. Google Maps is also making sure we all know where to go to get tested for the virus, too.
Google’s navigation app is continuously growing its list of COVID-19 centers to keep Filipinos updated on where to go for testing in case the need arises. To access Google Maps’ list of coronavirus testing centers, just type in “COVID testing” in the Google search bar or Maps on your browser or smartphone.
“As we continue to navigate the uncertainties of the pandemic, we strive to find more ways on how our technology can play a role in the fight against COVID-19,” Google Philippines country director Bernadette Nacario said in a recent statement.
“Every day, Filipinos use Google Maps to find out more about the locations that matter to them and we hope that we can help by constantly updating our platforms with real-time locally relevant and credible information,” Nacario added.
As some hospitals or centers may not have the capacity to cater to patients at the moment, Google Philippines recommends using Department of Health (DOH) resources—such as the DOH Screening Tool on the agency’s official website or the DOH hotline (02-89426843)—before actually heading to one of the facilities listed on Google Maps.
Google Maps has been a pretty big help since COVID-19 first broke out. Aside from its growing list of testing centers, shuttle routes of frontliner transport services are also available for viewing on the navigation app. Have you tried using Google Maps to get around during the pandemic?