The President of the United States only turned to Google for help against the coronavirus.
At a press conference
Donald Trump told the American people that his favorite search engine is here to save the day. Specifically, he insisted that Google is developing a website that will help concerned people determine if they need a coronavirus test and where they can get it.
In other words, Trump's grand pandemic plan essentially boils down to a fancier version of "Google your symptom."
"I want to thank Google", Trump told reporters gathered at the White House.
"Google is helping to develop a website, it will be done very quickly, unlike past websites, to determine if a test is warranted and to facilitate testing at a convenient location nearby."
The President continued
Insisting that "Google has 1,700 engineers working on this now" and that the company has "made tremendous progress."
Google's parent company released a statement that let the world know that we shouldn't expect anything too soon.
"We are developing a tool to help classify people for Covid-19 testing," the statement read.
"Verily is in the early stages of development and plans to implement tests in the Bay Area, hoping to expand more widely over time."
It is important to highlight
It is incredibly difficult to get tested in the United States right now. Just yesterday the New York Times reported sick people across the country unable to access coronavirus testing.
Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, confirmed that terrible reality.
"The idea of someone getting [the proof] easily the way people in other countries do, we are not prepared for that," he told the House of Representatives Oversight and Reform Committee on Thursday.
Do I think we should be? Yes. But we are not ».
Online diagnostic tools like the one Trump seems to be describing have a long and unflattering history. A 2015 study exploring this topic concluded that "The symptom checkers had deficits in both classification and diagnosis."
However, Trump doesn't seem like the type of person to read studies. But don't worry, people. The President seems to have all of this under control.