Google Maps coronavirus update helps users navigate through hotspots
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Google has implemented a new color-coded tool in Maps this week to help users identify how prevalent COVID-19 is within their area.
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With the new "COVID Layer" in Maps, smartphone users will be able to see a seven-day average of new coronavirus cases per 100,000 people for the area of the map they are looking at. The tool features a label that indicates whether the cases in the area are increasing or decreasing and uses color-coding to distinguish the density of new cases.
"More than one billion people turn to Google Maps for essential information about how to get from place to place–especially during the pandemic when safety concerns are top of mind," the company wrote in its blog post. During an unprecedented time, the new features are said to help people "make more informed decisions about where to go and what to do," the company wrote.
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The color codes are as follows:
- Grey: Fewer than 1 case
- Yellow: 1-10 cases
- Orange: 10-20 cases
- Dark orange: 20-30 cases
- Red: 30-40 cases
- Dark red: 40+ cases