Google has catalogued 900 ailments and pulled together pictures, information and some advice. Search for “pink eye,” and off to the right, you’ll get an information box with a picture, basic facts, symptoms and treatment options.
We tried “strep throat” and learned that symptoms include pain in the ear and difficulty swallowing. Under “treatments,” it recommended Tylenol and Advil.
Google’s work in this area was prompted by a recent outbreak of Legionnaire’s Disease in New York City. With millions searching the same topic at once, the search giant was inundated. Hence their decision to offer information up front in a single box. Click in the blue area to get treatment options. (Bob, by the way, caught Legionnaire’s Disease when he was a reporter covering the initial outbreak in Philadelphia. He obviously survived, but boy was he sick.)