Google Maps Just Got Updated: New Covid-19 Alert

A brand-new Google Maps feature allows users to track Covid-19 infection rates at a local and national level.

Google Maps just got updated and added a useful tool in the form of a Covid-19 heatmap for its mobile apps. The newest map layer confirmed in a blog post by Sujoy Banerjee, Google Maps’ product manager, lets users view a 7-day average of Covid-19 infections/ 100.000 people. It also shows whether it’s trending up or down.

The update is currently available for iOS users, with an Android launch in the coming week. Here is what you need to know.

Covid-19 Feature: What Should You Know

Google Maps’ newest update introduces a feature that allows you to view the real-time status of Covid-19 infections. You can try the new tool by tapping the layer icon in the top right corner of the main app screen, underneath the search bar.

Next, from the layers menu, tap on “Covid-19 Info” when it pops up. You’ll be able to view the color-coded map and labels with some extra information Google has promised. 

The best part is that the map works at a national level in all 220 countries that Google Maps covers. It also provides state, county, and city-level information in some regions, including the US and the UK. 

And even if we’re unable at the moment to travel internationally, being easily able to track different infection rates in let’s say, the next town over or where your family lives, could prove quite useful if we travel locally.

More Significant Details

According to Google, all the data comes from outlets it already utilizes as trusted sources for Covid-related Google Search searches. It actually includes institutions like the World Health Organization and the John Hopkins University, newspapers like the New York Times, national and local governments.

The new update will surely help us make more responsible choices about where to go and what to do. 

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