'Do the five': Google adds coronavirus safety tips to its homepage

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Google updated its homepage over the weekend to deliver coronavirus-related information to the masses.

The tech giant's now has a notice that reads: "DO THE FIVE. Help stop coronavirus." The alert appears just below the search bar and the "I'm Feeling Lucky" tab.

If you click the new alert, you'll see a summary of advice from the World Health Organization explaining how to slow the spread of the outbreak, which recently became a pandemic.

The basic protective measures against coronavirus include:

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

Google also posted the advice on Twitter.

The move brings vital information to millions of people at a time when the respiratory illness is shuttering schools, cities and events across the country. Coronavirus has killed more than 50 people in the U.S. and almost 3,000 domestic cases have been confirmed.

In October 2019, Google had close to 259 million unique visitors in the U.S., according to an analysis by Statista. It's also the most popular search engine in the U.S. by far, with a 62% market share.


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