We’ve all done it at one time or another: After Googling your symptoms, you endlessly worry over worst-case scenarios.
Search Engine Eliminates Fear Factor from Googling Your Symptoms
Yes, Google has been trying to cure what ails us for sometime now. But instead of adding stress of dying from our medical ailment searches, the search engine giant is giving us better data and input from medical doctors and experts from institutions likes Harvard and Mayo Clinic. In a recent blog post, Google announced that it will now put 1% of their search traffic for medical symptoms through a tighter medical filter.
Better Symptom Overviews and Treatment Options
“Starting in the coming days, when you ask Google about symptoms like ‘headache on one side,’ we’ll show you a list of related conditions (‘headache,’ ‘migraine,’ ‘tension headache,’ ‘cluster headache,’ ‘sinusitis,’ and ‘common cold’),” Veronica Pinchin, Product Manager wrote on the Google blog.
“For individual symptoms like ‘headache,’ we’ll also give you an overview description along with information on self-treatment options and what might warrant a doctor’s visit. By doing this, our goal is to help you to navigate and explore health conditions related to your symptoms, and quickly get to the point where you can do more in-depth research on the web or talk to a health professional.”
Symptom Search Comes with New Disclaimer
And symptom searches come with a disclaimer now: Search results are for informational purposes only! (The entire Internet is for informational purposes only anyway — but that’s beside the point.)
Kudos to Google for easing the fear and loathing that comes with Googling your symptoms. But as with the case for any ailment and symptoms, a diagnosis from a real live health professional is the most reliable and accurate way to receive the answers we need about what’s going on inside our bodies.
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