Google Adds Coronavirus Data To Maps
Google Maps is adding data about COVID-19 cases, allowing users to make informed decisions about coronavirus risk in daily activities.
The new COVID Layer, rolling out to Android and iOS users around the world this week, will show Maps users a seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in the area viewed, as well as a label indicating whether cases are trending up or down, and colour coding for case density.
According to Sujoy Banerjee, Product Manager, Google Maps, the data in the COVID layer is drawn from a number of authoritative sources including Johns Hopkins University, Wikipedia, and the New York Times.
“These sources get data from public health organizations like the World Health Organization, government health ministries, along with state and local health agencies and hospitals. Many of these sources already power COVID case information in Search, and we’re now expanding this data to Google Maps.
“While getting around is more complicated these days, our hope is that these Google Maps features will help you get where you need to be as safely and efficiently as possible,” said Banerjee.
Trending case data is viewable at the country level for every one of the 220 countries and territories supported by Google Maps; state/province, county, and city data is also shown where available.