Google Updates Its Coronavirus Efforts Both Inside and Outside of the Company

Its search engine is connecting users to news, safety tips and information from the WHO

Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai detailed the company’s efforts to deal with the coronavirus in a blog post Friday, based on an email he sent to employees earlier in the day.

The company established a 24-hour incident-response team to stay in sync with the World Health Organization, and Pichai said leadership is meeting daily to make critical decisions about its offices worldwide.

He added that some of Google’s offices are now on a work-from-home status, while others are operating normally, and hourly service vendors affected by reduced work schedules are being paid for the time they would have worked.


On the consumer-facing side, people are coming to Google’s search engine for information on vaccines, travel advisories and prevention tips, with Pichai noting that queries for “coronavirus cleaning advice” spiked by over 1,700% in the U.S.



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