Google Maps is getting a COVID-19 overlay, which means you will soon be able to view pandemic data as easily as viewing satellite or traffic data.
After the first presentation is put on your device, you will be able to press the “Layer” button and switch to the “COVID-19” view, which will recolor the map. Google stated that the overlay is “a 7-day average of new COVID cases per 100,000 people in the map area you are viewing.” The user will also get an arrow indicating whether the number is going up or down. This is the color code:
- gray: Less than 1 case
- yellow: 1-10 cases
- orange: 10-20 boxes
- Dark orange: 20-30 cases
- red: 30-40 boxes
- Crimson: 40+ boxes
Google stated that this information came from “multiple authoritative sources, including Johns Hopkins, the New York Times and Wikipedia.” I am reluctant to call Wikipedia an “authoritative source”, but Google pointed out that “these sources are from the World Health Organization.” , The government’s Ministry of Health, state and local health agencies and public health organizations such as hospitals obtain data.”
All 220 countries and regions supported by Google Maps can use COVID-19 data and provide more detailed state or province, county and city-level data. This feature will be promoted globally on Android and iOS starting this week.