Amid the increasing number of COVID-19 cases around the globe, Microsoft’s search engine Bing has made a new tool for helping people in order to keep up to date with the latest news as well as statistics on the subject of coronavirus. In addition, the interactive map also offers a regularly updated overview of the number of cases both internationally and in every individual country, while also breaking the figures down for revealing how many people have been recovered as well as how many have died from it.
By clicking on a specific nation, users can see an immediate summary of the current situation in that location, along with a series of links to relevant news articles as well as videos from around the web. This detail is also accessible for every single state within the US.
On the other hand, the map takes the data from the World Health Organization (WHO) itself, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), as well as Wikipedia for keeping up the track of statistics and to report them in real-time.
Michael Schechter, who is the general manager for Bing Growth and Distribution, explained how they came up with this plan by saying that “lots of Bing folks worked (from home) this previous week to make mapping as well as an authoritative news resource for COVID19 info,” ZDNet reports.
The figures displayed on the Bing map only re-count to confirmed cases and also don’t take into account the large number of unreported cases that are expected to exist across the globe.
In the meantime, Microsoft is not said to be the only tech giant looking out for providing information resources during the pandemic crises. Google also says recently, that it is planning to launch an online coronavirus resource by the end of Monday, which is also going to consist of practical information on the subject of how to tell if you might have infected with the virus or not and how to find a local testing center located nearby you.
As per the reports, the site was initially planned as a resource for healthcare workers only, but now, it is going to be made available to the public for the reason that President Trump speciously announced that it would be.
It is also offering major information regarding the novel coronavirus on its homepage, as well as through YouTube and Maps. The company, on the other hand, is also launching a limited coronavirus screening website, which is at present only available to the people living in the Bay Area of California, in contrast to the countrywide service that the US government recommended that it was building on Friday.
The COVID-19, which was first identified in Wuhan city of China, in December 2019 has now spread all around the globe. There are thousands of people who died due to this deadly virus and about 186,000 confirmed cases have been reported in more than 160 countries as well as territories. The outbreak was finally recognized as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March 2020.