Beware of Covid! Get Google health support, check out these 8 tips

Google, in the year 2022, has come up with several features and products to support your health. Amid the rising Covid concern, here are 8 tips by Google to support your health.

The holiday season is very much humming and people are celebrating. However, the fear of the rising Covid cases has become a serious concern. Ever since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, health has been a priority. In order to track how fit you are you need to monitor your heart rate, oxygen level, and more. Whether you need help booking a doctor’s appointment, are trying to understand a new health condition or want to keep an eye on your general health metrics, Google can help you. Here are eight Google products and features that can help you in taking care of your health.


1. See appointment availability for healthcare providers on Google Search: Whether you are booking your annual check-up, looking for a new doctor or trying to snag a same-day visit, you can find available appointment dates and times for some nearby doctors in the US on Google Search.


2. Find mental health resources: According to a blog post by Google, when you search for information about suicide prevention in the US, you will find the easy-to-remember hotline number — which was updated this year to 988 — and chat support at the top of your search results. . You can also access clinically-validated self-assessments for some mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, and more.


3. Identify credible health information on YouTube: Health source information panels and health content shelves highlight videos on YouTube from authoritative sources when you search for specific health topics. These features, which were previously only available in the US, rolled out to eight new countries this year including the UK, India, Japan, Brazil, Indonesia, France, Germany and Canada.


4. Find authentic support for health-related issues: People grappling with a health condition often search for more than information—they are also looking for support. When you search YouTube for health topics and questions related to certain conditions — like depression, anxiety or cancer — you will see relevant videos of personal stories.


5. Use new device options to track and understand health metrics: You can see your breathing rate or heart rate right from your wrist with the Fitbit app. Google Pixel Watch and latest Fitbit devices including the Sense 2, Versa 4, can also help you to track your health.


6. Monitor your heart health: You can check for signs of an irregular heart rhythm that may be AFib just by wearing your Fitbit tracker or smartwatch. Fitbit’s Irregular Heart Rhythm Notifications can help identify if your heart rhythm shows signs of this condition so that you can have a more informed conversation with your doctor.


7. Improve your sleep: You can learn more about your sleep style and patterns with Fitbit’s new Sleep Profile. This Fitbit Premium feature makes your sleep data easy to interpret, so you can take steps to improve your sleep quality and, in turn, your overall health.


8. Get more of your health data in one place: This year Google has brought Android users a better way to manage data across their favorite health and fitness apps — like MyFitnessPal, Oura and Peloton. Health Connect, currently available in beta, offers a single place to manage access to data across health and fitness apps, according to the company.


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