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Google Maps adds a COVID-19 layer



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Google Maps now has a COVID-19 information layer.

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Google has announced that a critical information store for COVID-19 has been added to the Google Maps app and is designed to help you decide where to go and what to do while you are still safe.

A color-coded system shows you the density of the new coronavirus cases in a particular area and a label will tell you about business trends up or down there, Google said Wednesday.

The new information is visible to all 220 countries and territories available on Google Maps. You can see it by country, state, province, county and city level, depending on area.

Here’s how to use it:

  1. Open Google Maps
  2. Press the “layer” button at the top right of the screen (the area where you can switch to satellite or terrain views)
  3. Click on the COVID-19 info-associated entry
  4. A seven-day average of new cases of coronavirus per 100,000 people will then be shown for that area on the map.

Google says it retrieves the information “from several authoritative sources, including Johns Hopkins, The New York Times and Wikipedia.”

“These sources receive data from public health organizations such as the World Health Organization, state health ministries, along with state and local health authorities and hospitals,” Google added in a blog post.

The information in this article is intended for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified healthcare provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health goal.


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