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May 13, 2021
Twitter has launched state-specific SOS pages which people can follow to get help with medical resources with real-time updates in their respective states. It is currently available for six states, including Delhi, Punjab, Kerala, and more. Ketan Pratap | May 13, 2021 | Updated 13:53 IST Highlights It is available for Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Punjab. The state-specific pages show the latest tweets from people asking for SOS resources as well as those offering help. Twitter has launched state-specific Covid-19 resource pages that will show the latest tweets from people looking for medical assistance like ICU beds in hospitals, oxygen cylinders, or a specific medicine, as well as tweets from people offering help in a particular state. In a blog post, the company announced that it currently has state-specific pages available for Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Punjab. The platform says that these states are hardest hit by the second wave of coronavirus. Additionally, Twitter also announced its association with media organisations to come up with information around Covid-19 in your timeline. The company says publishers have been using Twitter to educate people about the facts about Covid-19. India Today group is providing people on Twitter with valuable tips about how to cope when a family member tests positive for Covid-19 and other helpful videos. Additionally, the micro-blogging platform is also providing tools for developers to come up with info sourced about medical services, oxygen, medicine, food, and more. The new state pages are in addition to the Covid-19 hub that Twitter announced last month, which is now available for everyone via the Explore tab. The platform shows live event pages, announcements from government bodies, and even debunks for misinformation-making rounds on social media. Here are some real-time Covid-19 tools The covid19-twitter.in and covidsos are a couple of independent websites that have been developed using the Twitter API and can help those seeking a specific thing by using Advanced Search functionality by offering easy-to-use filters that can help people in real-time. People looking for help can use location and other parameters to streamline their search. CovidTweet is another website developed to help surface the most recent tweets about Covid-19 resources and requests. The simple interface allows people to look for verified info in one place without any clutter. CovidVerified is another website built using Twitter APIs and allows volunteers on the ground to verify the availability and fulfilment of requests related to medical assistance.