Google's new COVID-aware Google Maps will help you avoid the plague

Ruben Fields
September 24, 2020

Since pandemic is showing no signs of ebbing away and there's a mounting pressure of getting back to work, this latest feature is known as "COVID layer" will showcase the scale of outbreak in national, state and local city areas as you zoom in and out. Note that the feature is rolling out gradually, so it may not be available for you yet.

Today the company introduced a new COVID-19 layer for their Google Maps app.

Colour coding here refers to how the colour of that region will help you identify about how much the region is affected.

More specifically, Tencent Maps will soon be updated with taxi-hailing features, which is something that other Chinese companies are now exploring too. Google says, in its blog, posted yesterday, that the Covid layer rolls out this week worldwide, but I guess there is still some background work to be done for it to function for United Kingdom dwellers.

Additionally, a label will indicate whether the cases are trending up or down with appropriate colour coding.

There are clear signs we are due for a second wave this winter, but Google is ready to help you avoid accidentally entering areas awash with COVID-19.

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Yellow Color: 1-10 cases.

Dark orange Color: 20-30 cases.

Google further explains that the Covid-19 layer on Google Maps sources data from agencies such as Johns Hopkins, the New York Times, and Wikipedia which get their data from credible sources such as the WHO, governments, and local health agencies.

Similar features are available for Lyft, and most likely, Google will expand this with support for more services in the coming years.

Meanwhile, covid-19 cases in the USA increased 0.6% as compared with the same time Tuesday to 6.91 million, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg News.

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