Google Maps Now Shows A Layer of Information of COVID-19

This tool allows you to see the incidence of the disease in a certain area, so that users can plan their trips, among other actions.

Google Maps has added to its service an additional layer of information about the coronavirus, with which it allows to see the incidence of the disease in a certain area, so that users can plan their trips or have one more tool to see how affected the region where they live is.

The information layer on COVID-19 is now available in the Google Maps service. To access it, you just have to look on the screen for the layers icon. By clicking on it, different map options are displayed, such as satellite or relief, or details of public transport or the view of Street View. This is where the new COVID-19 option is also found, which is shown with a red alert icon.

By clicking on the icon of the COVID-19 layer, the application displays a window, in which it informs that the data it collects comes from sources such as Johns Hopkins University, the New York Times and Wikipedia – already used in data displayed in the Google Search Engine-, which in turn take information from the World Health Organization, health institutions and hospitals.

If it is accepted, that is when the map can be seen in different colors, which vary in shades of yellow to redder, depending on whether the incidence of the disease is lower or higher in the different regions of the country. The data under the name of the community indicates, according to the company, it is the average of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last week, which also indicates whether the trend is downward or upward.

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