Google Maps gets a COVID-19 layer to track active cases

Ruben Fields
September 24, 2020

Earlier in June, Google also rolled out an update to alert people on a public transit route if in case a particular route was affected by several Covid-19 check-in points.

The layer shows critical information about COVID-19 cases in an area so you can make more informed decisions about where to go and what to do. All they have to do is open Google maps and tap the layers buttton on right hand corner of the screen and click on the "covid-19 info". The goal of the new feature is to help users understand the COVID-19 situation before going to a certain place. Note that the feature is rolling out gradually, so it may not be available for you yet.

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The addition of the COVID-19 layer is another example of how technology is working for good during hard times, said Constellation Research Inc. analyst Holger Mueller. On Wednesday, the tech giant announced a new Google Maps feature that will show figures for coronavirus cases in specific regions with color-coding to convey the severity of the virus in different parts of the world.

The scope of this feature will also help users to analyze the increase and decrease in COVID cases during Summer and Winter season. Google says that the dataset used for creating Google Maps' COVID-19 layer feature is the same one that brings up useful information in search. This data includes state, county, and even city-level data where available. 'Map details will show this new feature with a warning icon. It might be worth mentioning that I saw no Covid-19 overlay options in Google Maps in my PC browser, only in the mobile app. These organizations, in turn, obtain their data from local and intergovernmental government organizations such as the World Health Organization, government health ministries, state and local health agencies, and hospitals.

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