Google’s sister company Verily has actually introduced a screening website for individuals who wish to get evaluated for COVID-19 Verily’s website is very limited in scope: it’s just readily available to individuals in the Bay Area of California and it’s more of a pilot program than a public health energy.
In fact, it’s even more limited than that: in order to certify you must be 18 years of age or older, be able to speak English, and be a United States resident. It very much looks like the program a Verily spokesperson described to us on the phone on Friday and not the extensive triage system that the Trump administration guaranteed.
The preliminary question on Verily’s website asks “Are you currently experiencing serious cough, shortness of breath, fever, or other worrying symptoms?” If you answer “yes,” you are told that the program is “not the best fit” and to seek medical attention. Grabbed comment on this problem, a Verily representative said that:
The preliminary concern is suggested to ensure that anybody who is seriously ill does not come to our sites due to the fact that they are not prepared to provide medical attention.
If you respond to “no,” you’re asked to sign in with a Google account and sign an Educated Permission permission form. It details that your data may be shared with public health officials.
After that, you are led through a series of screener concerns about your signs:
The actual screener asks questions about travel and work duties. pic.twitter.com/t0M8GzIP4l
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In a post on Sunday, Verily stated that it was working closely with the state of California on the pilot program. It did not make any pledges about expanding the program beyond the state of California:
Ultimately, our objective is to help regional authorities broaden screening access in California as the need continues to increase. The program remains in its early stages, and we will make the effort to examine operations at pilot websites in the Bay Location prior to rolling out to additional sites. We are working carefully with Governor Newsom’s workplace, federal authorities and local public health authorities to guarantee we have the right capabilities in place to help more individuals over the coming weeks.
The website also declares that any details you provide will not be shared with your insurance coverage company or linked to your Google account– though a Google account is essential to utilize the website.