- COVID-19 Website: Google, working with the relevant agencies, launched a nationwide website — available at google.com/covid19 — for COVID-19. Folks can find state-based resources, safety and prevention tips, search trends related to COVID-19, as well as, additional resources for individuals, educators and businesses.
- Resources to Work or Learn Remotely: We’ve launched a remote work resource center with free tools and resources to keep you connected and productive.
- Small Business Resources: We’ve created a page specifically for small and medium businesses who may be affected by COVID-19.
- Supporting Schools: At this link is a two-pager outlining way Google can help schools stay connected during COVID-19 closures. For educators, Teach From Home is a central hub of information, tips, training and tools from across Google for Education to help teachers keep teaching, even when they aren’t in the classroom.
Free Training, Webinars, and Tidbits
- Grow with Google On Air: A free series of live virtual trainings and 1:1 coaching sessions to learn how to make the most out of digital tools, whether you’re trying to grow your business or learn new skills for a job.
- Webinars for Elected Officials and Civic Groups: We’ll be hosting webinars outlining the latest in our ongoing global COVID-19 response and resources for elected officials, campaigns and civic groups to pivot their efforts online. More information and registration here
- GSuite for Public Sector Remote Work: Google is working with the Federal, State and Local governments to supply GSuite for Public Sector Remote Work and offering discounts and support for governments looking for a cost effective, fast and possibly temporary solution. You can learn more about Google Cloud’s work here, and if you are interested in using GSuite for your work at home needs, please see here for offerings we have to aid your government with remote work, including video conferencing.
We are making Google Meet free for everyone. Starting this month, anyone with an email address can sign up for Meet and enjoy many of the same features available to our G Suite users, such as simple scheduling and screen sharing, real-time captions, and layouts that adapt to your preference, including an expanded tiled view. Our hope is that by making Meet and G Suite more readily available for all, it will be easier to stay connected and productive securely—now and in the future.
Community Mobility Reports
As global communities respond to COVID-19, we’ve heard from public health officials that the same type of aggregated, anonymized insights we use in products such as Google Maps could be helpful as they make critical decisions to combat COVID-19.
These Community Mobility Reports aim to provide insights into what has changed in response to policies aimed at combating COVID-19. The reports are updated regularly and chart movement trends over time by geography, across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.
“Be Kind to Your Mind”
To coincide with Mental Health Month, Google is launching “Be Kind To Your Mind” in collaboration with the CDC to share practical tips and resources to help individuals take care of their well-being. As the pandemic unfolds, the impact of social distancing on people’s jobs and lives is adversely affecting individuals mental health. We understand that access to the right information at the right time can save lives, and we aim to help individuals find information and take quicker action for their mental health. We currently host a clinically validated depression self-screener to help individuals better understand their symptoms and next steps, and we plan to roll out additional tools over the course of the month. David Feinberg (Head of Google Health) authored an op-ed for Fortune Magazine about mental health during COVID-19 to bring awareness to this important issue.
Business: Changes to hours/service due to COVID-19
- Whether your business is open, closed, or has modified hours, here’s how you can update your Business Profile on Google to keep customers in the know. https://goo.gle/3acBZP3
- You can now mark your business as temporarily closed on your Business Profile on Google. Here’s how to make your customers aware of this temporary change: https://goo.gle/33MWvTW
- As the COVID-19 outbreak continues, it’s a challenging time for many businesses. Google has compiled a list of resources to help you stay connected to your customers and employees. https://goo.gle/2TNX0tP