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

Joanna Estrada
September 24, 2020

Recently, Google Maps introduced alerts from local transit agencies about travel restrictions, eligibility rules and guidelines for visiting a testing facility, and crowdedness predictions for public transit stations. More specifically, the map will display the seven-day average of new confirmed case per 100,000 people for each area that you're exploring, and this is supposed to help each and every one of us make more informed decisions when it comes to traveling to a specific destination.

Google in its blogpost has said that the users can see the data in Google Maps after opening the it and tapping on the layers button on the top right hand corner of the screen and clicking on the "covid-19 info". Additionally, an arrow graph or tag ("decreasing" or "increasing") will show if the number of cases has gone up or reduced in each area.

Google says that the COVID-19 trend data is available on a city-level basis for all 220 countries where the service is accessible.

New Google Maps update is live on Android
Google Maps wants to help you keep track of COVID-19 cases in your city

With the same ease that you're able to switch to a 3D view, you'll now be able to toggle on a COVID-19 layer in the Maps app.

The COVID layer starts rolling out worldwide on Android and iOS this week. Color coding will also be used to help people easily distinguish the density of new cases in an area, and there will be labels that indicate whether cases are trending up or down. This layer pulls its data from a variety of sources including Johns Hopkins University, the New York Times, and Wikipedia which in turn get their data from the likes of the World Health Organization, national governments and area hospitals.

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