As coronavirus continues to spread, Google Doodle is now offering advice and information about the virus.
This is everything you need to know about the Google Doodle coronavirus tips and what happens when you click on it.
What is the Google Doodle?
Google is famous for its Google Doodle. These temporary, fun designs that adorn the Google logo on the internet, celebrate cultural events, birthdays of iconic people and different holidays throughout the year.
As the coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, Google launched its “Stay Home, Save Lives” Doodle, to remind people about social distancing rules and how they can help slow the spread of the virus and ease pressure on the NHS.
The doodle see’s the different letters of Google showing different activities while being separated into buildings, to represent staying home and socially distant from others:
- The G is at home, reading a book
- The two O’s are together, one singing and the other playing guitar, complete with musical notes
- The second G is on the phone
- The L is working out, with two dumbbells
- The E is also on the phone - perhaps talking to the other G as a means of staying in touch with family and friends remotely
Clicking on the Google Doodle will bring you to a page that’s full of tips to avoid catching and spreading the virus.
What tips does the Google Doodle offer?
By clicking on the Doodle you’re taken to a Google search page featuring articles and stats on coronavirus.
On the left hand side of the page, the information has been split up into five categories - overview, symptoms, prevention, treatments and statistics.
The overview section of the webpage does just that - it gives you an overview of everything that’s going on right now.
The first line has all the latest online articles and the second section has coronavirus information from the UK government website and the NHS website.
The page has synopsis of things like how to help prevent the spread of the virus and the medical definition of what Covid-19 is.
It also has a common questions section that answers things like:
- What is the recovery time for the coronavirus disease?
- Is the coronavirus disease the same as SARS?
- What is the official name of the coronavirus disease?
- Who is most at risk for the coronavirus disease?
In the symptoms section, the first link you’re greeted with is the NHS website with a list of coronavirus symptoms.
“The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are high temperature and a new, continuous cough,” the page reads.
As you scroll down, you’ll see the latest articles relating to coronavirus symptoms, and you'll see more links to webpages from the NHS and the government regarding the symptoms as well.
The first thing you see on the prevention page is a large block of text quoted from the NHS website regarding what you can do to prevent the spread of the virus.
“Everyone must stay at home to help stop coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading. Wash your hands with soap and water often to reduce the risk of infection,” the page reads.
It also lists when you can leave your home:
- Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
- One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household
- Any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
- Travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home
On the prevention page is also a common questions section, which answers frequently asked questions.
Further down are more stories regarding the prevention of Covid-19.
On the treatment page, the first thing you’ll see is advice from the NHS.
“You can usually treat mild coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms at home. If your symptoms are severe, you may need medical care until you recover,” the page reads.
It offers some tips on how to keep yourself well if you have mild symptoms, such as:
- Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated
- Take paracetamol to help ease your symptoms
- Stay in touch with family and friends over the phone or on social media
- Keep yourself busy with activities like cooking, reading, online learning and watching films
- Do light exercise, if you’re able to
In terms of actual medical treatment, the page explains that there is no specific treatment for the virus, antibiotics do not help and that you’ll need to stay in isolation, away from other people until you’ve recovered.
Further down the page the top stories regarding coronavirus treatment and also answers to common questions as well.
Finally, on the statistics page, the first thing you’re greeted with is a graph that shows the timeline and increase of coronavirus cases.
The default country statistics is for the UK, but you can change the country to see the timeline across other areas in the world.
Further down the page you’ll see the top articles about the statistics of coronavirus, as well as statements from the government website about the number of cases in the UK.