Coronavirus in India: Google and Health Ministry have proposed 'Do The Five' message, share points

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in collaboration with Google has updated its homepage with “Do The Five” message that will pass-on information related to coronavirus.


In an attempt to spread awareness about the coronavirus pandemic, Google in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has come up with 'Do The Five' message that will pass-on information related to coronavirus.


When you open the Google homepage, you will find an awareness right below the search bar that reads:' DO THE FIVE. Help stop coronavirus'. If you click on the alert you will find five basic tips to battle coronavirus listed in a dialogue box.

The five points registered out by Google are as follows: 1. HANDS Wash them often 2. ELBOW Cough into it 3. FACE Don't touch it 4. FEET Stay more than 3 feet apart 5. FEEL sick? Stay home


Down the listicle, there is a 'More Info button' that will redirect users to the official website of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

The website comprise of helpline numbers for coronavirus, statewise helpline numbers for coronavirus along with the helpline email id. There is also a link to the advisory on seperating oneself provided right below the helpline numbers. Special instructions are also issued on Dead Body Management, in case a patient dies due to COVID-19. The website also conveys various inhibitory measures and guidelines issued by the Indian Council of Medical Research.

The website also provides a statewise list of commited cases of coronavirus, the figure of deaths caused due to the infection and the figure of patients who were cured.

So if we go by the data provided by the Ministry of Health, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases as of March 19 is around 148. Three patients have died to the disease in Delhi, Maharashtra, and Karnataka. Although 14 patients across India have recovered from the COVID-19 and one of them has also migrated.


Google had first implemented the "DO THE FIVE" feature in the US in collaboration with the US government and the World Health Organization.



Discussing the same, Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in his blog: "We’re promoting the Do the Five campaign to raise awareness of simple measures people can take to slow the spread of the disease, according to the WHO. In the first 24 hours, these tips have already been seen by millions in the U.S. We’ve added more useful information to our COVID-19 SOS Alerts, including links to national health authority sites and a map of affected areas from the WHO."

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