Google is introducing a new feature this week in Google Maps that will show information about COVID-19 cases and will help its users navigate safely amid the pandemic.
The latest tool will be visible on Google Maps on the layers button on the top-right hand corner of the screen. Users will have to click on the 'COVID-19 info' to see the COVID-19 statistics of the place they are going to visit.
"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. While getting around is more complicated these days, our hope is that these Google Maps feature will help you get where you need to be as safely and efficiently as possible. The COVID layer starts rolling out worldwide on Android and iOS this week," Google said in a blog post.
The tool will show a seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases per 1,00,000 people for any particular area of the map users are looking at, with a label that will indicate whether the cases are trending up or down.
Color coding will help people distinguish the density of new infected cases in an area, for example - Grey will indicate less than one case, Yellow will mean 1-10 cases, Orange will indicate 10-20 cases, Dark Orange will indicate 20-30 cases, Red will indicate 30-40 cases, and Dark Red will indicate 40+ cases.
COVID-19 infected case data is visible at the country level for all 220 countries and territories that Google Maps supports, along with state or province, country, and city-level data where available.
Data featured in the 'COVID-19 info' layer comes from multiple authoritative sources such as the New York Times, Johns Hopkins University and Wikipedia. These sources get their data from various public health organizations such as World Health Organization, Government health ministries, along with state, and local health agencies and hospitals.