90,000 Google staff have simply acquired entry to free weekly COVID exams. The Wall Road Journal first reported the news that each US Google worker (and its subsidiaries, together with YouTube) will probably be eligible to join a free at-home check. This differs from different corporations, like Amazon, that are solely providing exams to staff who nonetheless need to work in a bodily location, like a retail location or warehouse.
That is apparently one thing Google staff are eager about, as the inner web site crashed after going dwell. Staff are promised that they’ll obtain the check inside three days of requesting one, and that they’ll get the outcomes again inside two days of the lab receiving it.
In accordance with the Wall Road Journal report, Google is paying its companion, BioIQ, $50 per check. That comes out to $4.5 million per week when multiplied by 90,000 staff.
After all, the $4.5 million determine is assuming that each worker takes benefit of the provide, although a Google spokesperson mentioned the corporate is recommending they do. It’s additionally a really small price relative to Google’s revenue margins.
Google’s spokesperson additionally informed The Verge that interns will probably be eligible for this system as effectively, and that it ought to be increasing to worldwide staff in 2021. The corporate is hoping that the testing will assist cut back the variety of asymptomatic spreaders ought to any of its staff develop into contaminated.
Within the early days of the pandemic, President Trump claimed that Google would create an internet site and nationwide system for gaining access to COVID exams. That was not true, though an Alphabet division did briefly provide testing in some areas. Google has accomplished different work for the general public like making a contact tracing system with Apple and bettering the data it reveals on its search outcomes.