You can now check for Covid-19 hotspots in Google Maps

Yolanda Curtis
September 28, 2020

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 said that this update is meant to help people make informed decisions about where to go and explore. Google Maps already has several known and even unknown features that are helping the users to vivaciously travel throughout their lives.

Google Maps has added a COVID-19 layer.

More than one billion people turn to Google Maps for essential information about how to get from place to place - especially during the pandemic when safety concerns are top of mind.

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Google said when a user open Google Maps, tap on the layers button on the top right hand corner of the screen and click on "Covid-19 info".

Color coding on maps indicates the density of new cases: Gray indicates no cases in a given region, with yellow representing 1-10 cases, orange 10-20, dark orange 20-30 cases, red 30-40 cases, and dark red indicating more than 40 cases per 100,000 residents. However, there are still plenty of areas within these countries where the data is not available, so don't count on being able to track new coronavirus cases in every city on the planet just yet.

The tech company also promises to show color-coded statistics that will help users to distinguish and know the severity of a case in an area. Public health experts and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that people keep track of the amount of COVID-19 spread in their area to figure out the risk of certain activities. People who are unaffected or safe from the virus will tend to look down on the areas with vast cases. The technology giant announced that the color code feature will make the feature the most useful ever.

Despite configuring Google Maps to use a specific route, the application automatically kicks in and recommends the faster option in the middle of the navigation.

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