Since the outbreak of COVID-19, our lives have disrupted and with each passing day, we are learning to live with new normal. Every aspect of life has been affected, be it education, work-life, or traveling. Since the last month, we have witnessed life going back to normal gradually but it cannot be ignored that the virus still prevails. For that reason, it is still advised by the authorities to follow COVID-19 safety protocols.
In this regard, Google has come up with a new idea. Google Maps introduced a new layer of Maps on smartphones which will identify the infected regions and give necessary information about the infection rate.
Just like all the other layers in Google Maps, this new “COVID-19 Info” layer will be available as well through the Layer button beneath the profile picture. With this newly added function, users can see a seven-day average data of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people.
With the data, there placed an arrow that shows the increasing or decreasing rate of coronavirus cases in the neighborhood. Along-with that, appropriate color coding has been made in order to make the data more understandable.
Google Maps has included data of all 220 countries and supported territories. Moreover, there is detailed information on states, provinces, cities, and counties.
The main contributors of data are John Hopkins University, the New York Times, and Wikipedia. The data shown on Google Maps’ new feature is similar to the data that show up when you Google search COVID-19 cases.