Google Maps now shows you COVID-19 Statistics
- The “COVID layer” of the app will display the 7-day average of new cases.
Google has released many COVID-related features on its Maps app, including noting potential shipping delays caused by the outbreak, the relative busyness of local businesses, and marking the location of nearby COVID testing sites.
On Wednesday, Google announced another new feature that will notify users about whether new virus cases are increasing in the area they want to spread.
Specifically, the company released a new layer for Maps that shows the average number of new COVID cases per 100,000 people in 7 days and indicates whether the infection rate is increasing or decreasing.
This layer obtains data from various sources including Johns Hopkins University, the “New York Times” and Wikipedia. These data in turn obtain data from the World Health Organization, governments, and regional hospitals.
The new layer will apply to all 220 countries on the planet and will be rolled out on iOS and Android throughout the week.