Google Maps Shows Covid-19 Hot Spots

Ruben Fields
September 28, 2020

"This week, we're introducing the Covid layer in Maps, a tool that 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".

The optional Covid-19 layer starts has started to roll out worldwide right now.

Google Maps will quickly demonstrate how common the pandemic is in geographic areas with a brand-new color-coded upgrade.

Despite the COVID-19 cases every day that are increasing in numbers that are hard to contain, this COVID Layer tab added by the technology giant will surely help alert the users and will provide valuable assistance when making a decision to travel to that area accordingly.

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To activate the new Covid-19 feature, users would need to tap the layers at the top corner of the screen.

Discrimination can not be helped when providing COVID-19 statistics regarding a particular place.

Color coding on maps indicates the density of new cases: Gray indicates no cases in a given region, with yellow representing 1-10 cases, orange 10-20, dark orange 20-30 cases, red 30-40 cases, and dark red indicating more than 40 cases per 100,000 residents. Google claims that this feature is going to be efficient enough to deliver the average COVID-19 cases, thereby providing a good window into the accessible areas and the not very accessible areas with regard to COVID.

Without a doubt, this is a feature that Google Maps really needs too, especially because users have been complaining about the fastest route option for many months now. This is meant to help Google Maps users get access to data on the infections around them. The data used by Google is granular enough that you'll be able to zoom-in to a county and city-wide level to see whether infections are on the rise, or starting to fall in the area you're looking to visit for pleasure or work. Together, these data is then handed over to various sources like Wikipedia, JohnHopkins, The New York Times, etc. Google then will collect the same from the relevant COVID-19 information from these sources.

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