Google Maps’ new tool will help you check Covid-19 cases in the area before you visit. Here’s how it works.
How COVID-19 layer works on Google Maps ?
The company is working on a new Google Maps feature that will show Covid-19 case trends in an area. The company says the COVID tool in maps will help you make more informed decisions about where to go and what to do. When users open the Google Maps app, they nedd to tap on the layers button that appears on the top right-hand corner. Here, you nedd to tap on the COVID-19 info. The layer will show you a seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people for the area on the Maps.
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Google has also added color codes to make it easier for users to determine the quantity of cases in specific area. Google says the treading case data is visible for all the countries that Google Maps supports. This data includes state, country, and city data where available.
Google further explains that the Covid-19 layer on Maps sources data from agencies such as WHO, governments, and local health agencies. Google pointed out that some of this information is already available on Google Search and is now getting expanded to Maps.
More than 1 billion people uses Google Maps for essential information about how to get from place to place especially during the pandemic when safety concerns are top of mind. Features like popular places and live busyness, Covid-19 alerts in transit, and Covid checkpoints in driving navigation were all designed to help you stay safe when you are out. Said by Google in Blog post.