During a press conference at the White House, President Trump today announced that the government is working with Google to build an online screening website for COVID-19.
The announcement was short on details, but the idea, it seems, is to give users the ability to enter their symptoms and see if they need additional testing. None of this sounds extremely complicated, but according to Trump, Google has 1,700 engineers working on this.
According to Debbie Birx, the White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, users will have to log into this new screening website, fill out a screening questionnaire and risk-factor questionnaire and then get directed to a “drive through” testing facility.
In some ways, the announcement raises more questions than it answers, though. It’s unclear what data Google will collect and whether logging in will be mandatory, for example.
We have asked Google for more details and will update this post once we hear more.