Google has added a "COVID layer"At Google Maps, so that the users to have information on COVID-19 cases throughout the state or city.
This new feature will appear in Android and iOS devices this week. According to Sujoy BanerjeeGoogle Maps Product Manager, users will be able to see these data via a new tab in the upper right corner of the screen called "COVID-19 info".
By opening the tab, users will be able to see the weekly average of new COVID-19 cases (per 100.000 people) for the area they are looking at Google Maps. Labels indicate whether cases are increasing or decreasing.
Google has created a color-based coding, to make it easier for users to better understand the data they see:
- Gray: no incidents
- Yellow: 1 - 10 cases
- Orange: 10 - 20 cases
- Dark orange: 20 - 30 cases
- Red: 30 - 40 cases
- Dark red: 40+ cases
Banerjee says the new Google Maps feature is a useful one tool for "display critical COVID-19 case information in an area so you can make better decisions about where to go and what to do".
The information on the incidents is taken from authorities dealing with COVID-19, as well as by Johns Hopkins, which already provides a real-time dashboard, their New York Times, The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and Wikipedia . All of these receive relevant information from official agencies, such as governments, local services Health and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Google said that once the process is complete, the data The cases will be visible to all 220 countries and regions supported by Google Maps.
Because a country or city does not report new incidents every day, some areas may be gray and may not have new information.
According to ZDNet, Google has also added new features to Google Maps, which give information to people who want to travel, about the restrictive measures that each region has.