Big tech companies are deploying initiatives to help prevent the spread of COVID-19
The global danger of COVID-19 is very real, and tech companies are not ignoring it. The world's biggest in big tech are developing and sharing multiple tools and initiatives to help combat the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Google has laid out its plans for both itself and YouTube, utilizing increased automation and machine learning in order to protect their employees and contractors while they adjust their lives to accommodate stemming the tide of COVID-19. The Google Search engine is providing the five most important tips in combating the disease on Google.com:
1: HANDS: Wash them often
2: ELBOW: Cough into it
3: FACE: Don't touch it
4: FEET: Stay more than 3ft apart
5: FEEL sick? Stay home
In the face of the unprecedented pandemic caused by the coronavirus, Microsoft has committed resources to assisting with public safety by implementing a safe and easy to use its COVID-19 Tracker.
On the front page of Reddit, site staff have pinned and highlighted a link to the /r/Coronavirus subreddit to collect news and announcements from reputable media and international organizations concerning COVID-19.
Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Reddit, Twitter, and YouTube all released the following joint statement concerning COVID-19:
"We are working closely together on COVID-19 response efforts. We're helping millions of people stay connected while also jointly combating fraud and misinformation about the virus, elevating authoritative content on our platforms, and sharing critical updates in coordination with government healthcare agencies around the world. We invite other companies to join us as we work to keep our communities healthy and safe."
We at AlternativeTo will also be focusing on adding and updating existing software and services that you may find yourself needing while adjusting to social distancing, remote work, COVID-19 spread protection, and other aspects of what is likely to be the new global "normal" for the next few months. If you find that AlternativeTo doesn't have a piece of software or a service that you think would be beneficial for everyone to know about and use, please add it and help arm others with the knowledge and tools needed to keep everyone healthy and safe.