Google maps now has a function dedicated entirely to informing users about the progress of the coronavirus with a new Coronavirus mode on Google Maps.
In this article, we have explained that how you can enable the coronavirus mode on Google Maps and using which you can plan your trips more safely.
By integrating this tool, Google intends to make users aware of the current situation of COVID-19 of an area.
Using this, users can make decisions about where to go and what to do, knowing the situation of Covid-19.
But there is more about the “coronavirus mode” of Google Maps, and we explain it below along with the steps to enable it.
Google has reported on its blog about the arrival of this new feature on Google Maps that has entirely focused on the coronavirus.
Specifically, it is the COVID-19 layer, a function that adds information on the coronavirus cases registered in each area to the map.
The information generated is an average of new cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 inhabitants registered in the place during the last seven days.
The number is accompanied by an up, down or right date that reflects whether the trend in the region is positive , negative or stable.
Besides, the user can also be aware of the density of cases in an area through color coding.
If the color of the area appears in red , it is clear that you would not be safe there and visit to that area is not recommended.
Google has announced that this function will be available for the 220 countries in which Google Maps is already present, although its arrival will be progressive.
When the COVID-19 layer launches in your country, you can activate the coronavirus mode of Google Maps by following these steps :
Steps To Enable The Coronavirus Mode On Google Maps
- Open Google Maps.
- Now, Click on the layers icon in the upper right corner.
- In the appearing window, click on the option “COVID-19 Info” .
As you do so, a new layer will be added to the map to show you the average number of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants, as well as the trend and color coded for each area.
The data, available at the state, province and city level, will be coming from various authorized information sources selected by Google.
Some of them are Johns Hopkins University, The New York Times and Wikipedia, which in turn obtain data from the World Health Organization , government ministries of health, and regional and local health agencies.
The data, already available on google will also be reflected in Google Maps in order to offer additional information to users.
Google knows that traveling at the moment is very complicated and risky , and that is why they have launched this function, to facilitate safe decision-making when traveling.
The COVID layer has began its integration in Android and iOS devices around the world.
The rest of the task, that is, getting the most out of this function, is already in the hands of the users.