Google Maps coronavirus update helps users navigate through hotspots

Joanna Estrada
September 28, 2020

According to Sujoy Banerjee, product manager of the map, it notifies users whether the number of Covit-19 cases is going up or down at a particular location.

Google Maps has already offered tools related to the pandemic such as letting users know when public transportation is likely to be crowded. Google Maps already has several known and even unknown features that are helping the users to vivaciously travel throughout their lives.

Right now, Google Maps can only be configured to avoid highways, tolls, and ferries, but other than that, the app just defaults to the fastest route with no way to change this regardless of the mobile platform.

Google Maps, one of the most commonly used applications by nearly all, has now released a calculated list of COVID-19 outbreaks in your area.

Google is updating its free mapping service this week with color-coding, which maps areas affected by the Covit-19 lawsuit, the search company said in a post-blog post on Thursday. It will be available on Android and iOS, although it might take a few days for the update to reach you since Google staggers these major software roll-outs. There's no fiscal ammunition left to support a second wave of fully-fledged lockdowns, but the COVID-19 cases are still on the rise, so something has to be done.

When you open Google Maps, tap on the layers button on the top right-hand corner of the screen and click on "Covid-19 info". Features like popular times and live busyness, COVID-19 alerts in transit, and COVID checkpoints in driving navigation were all created to help you stay safe when you're out and about.

Reportedly, these sources get data from public health organizations like WHO, health ministries, state and local agencies and hospitals.

Google said it obtains the Covid layer comes from multiple authoritative sources, including Johns Hopkins, the New York Times, and Wikipedia.

Once the option is enabled in your app, Google Maps will alert you of new cases on a seven-day average, per 100,000 people. The sources confirmed that the feature will clear the data with the help of a color coding attribute added to this feature.

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