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Covid 19: Search for hospital beds, oxygen and location on Twitter using filters

Twitter is a powerful tool if you know how to use its search function properly. Here's how you can use Twitter's Search Operators on the platform for help when you need it the most during the pandemic.   

Twitter has a powerful search tool in the form of search operators. Twitter has a powerful search tool in the form of search operators.
Twitter has a powerful search tool in the form of search operators. (Unsplash)

As the second wave of the novel coronavirus pandemic continues to surge in the country, citizens across states are scrambling to use social media to help coordinate efforts to find medicines, hospital beds and oxygen cylinders, which are all in short supply. These include platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, as well as encrypted chat apps like WhatsApp.

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In the absence of effective government response to the demand for these medicines and services, the citizens have started using social media in place of government helplines and grievance redressal mechanisms. However, among the flood of tweets asking for help on the platform, it can be difficult to find the information/responses you need.

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Typing "#COVIDSOS" near:"Delhi" will show you all tweets with the hashtag posted near Delhi.  (HT Tech)

However, platforms like Twitter offer powerful features via the advanced search function that lets users search for tweets containing specific keywords, phrases, hashtags, a specific language, geographic location, a specific date — or tweets from, replying to or mentioning a specific account. These can be done using Search Operators, which allow users to find exactly what they need.

We hope that these tools will help users navigate Twitter well at a time when many are relying on the platform to procure live-saving medicines and oxygen cylinders. It is also important to share this information with others who could benefit from these advanced search capabilities during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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