Wouldn’t it be great if you could find out which areas are the safest to visit when it comes to the coronavirus? You can research it yourself and spend a little time, or you can just automatically have the information about the card you are already using. Google Maps added a layer that shows the severity of COVID-19 in different places.
News Features of Google Coronavirus
Google added new features to its products since the onset of COVID-19, and much of the update has been made to Google Maps.
It’s easier for business owners to update their hours of operation, and restaurants that deliver and medical facilities are now highlighted. Groups are allowed to create their own maps and locations that do not meet lockout restrictions are also displayed.
Now Google Maps is adding a layer that will show the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak on the map. It can help you plan your trip and also help you get immediate information about the area where you live and / or work, shop, or visit family members.
COVID-19 layer on Google Maps
When you open Google Maps and find an area to visit or where you are currently, there is a layers button at the top right of the screen. Tapping which gives you several options. One of those options is “COVID-19 info”.
This adds a layer to the map you are looking at this shows a seven-day average of the number of new cases of the virus per 100,000 population. In addition to this, an arrow indicates whether cases are currently increasing or decreasing.
In addition to count and increasing / decreasing information, different areas are color coded to help you quickly distinguish the severity of the area at a glance.
This data is visible at country level for the 220 countries and territories supported by Google Maps. Also displayed are state or province data, county data, and city data, if applicable. You can see from this Florida map below that the severity in Hardee County is more than twice two of its neighboring counties. It definitely seems like an area to be avoided.
Data for this layer is collected from reputable sources, such as Johns Hopkins University, The New York Times, and Wikipedia. The sources get their data from the World Health Organization, government ministries of health, health agencies, and local and state hospitals.
This week, Google Maps is rolling out this COVID-19 information feature worldwide on Android and iOS. As of this writing, it’s not on iOS or iPadOS yet.
Until this feature is deployed on your system, or if you are on your computer and not on your mobile, read on to find out how to track the coronavirus online.
Image Credit: Google Blog, Screenshot and public domain
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