WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Android and iOS users will be able to check Covid-19 data on the area they want to go to using Google maps’ new app, the “COVID layer.”
- The app provides data based on updates from the World Health Organization (WHO) and local medical institutions.
- COVID layer will show if cases in the area are increasing or decreasing, helping you decide if it’s safe to travel or not.
As the world has imposed “new normal” changes in the way we travel, Google Maps has come up with an app, called “COVID layer,” to allow us to track down where the COVID-19 hot spots are so we know which places to avoid.
As per its site, you have 220 countries and territories to choose from so the world is still a vast area to explore and enjoy. It is supported by Google Maps, “along with state or province, county, and city-level data where available.”
Google Maps will be unveiling the app for Android and iOS users. This will allow the traveler to navigate the world while avoiding the risk of contracting the virus.
According to a company blog, the COVID-19 tracker will show “critical information about COVID-19 cases in an area so you can make more informed decisions about where to go and what to do.”
The blog also instructs the would-be traveler how to use it: Activate the COVID layer app, tap the layers button in the upper right-hand corner of the Google Maps app screen and click on “COVID-19 info.”
Data sourced from the World Health Organization (WHO) and local medical institutions of the place you are looking at in the map will appear. A seven-day average of new coronavirus cases per 100,000 people for the area will appear and allow you to assess if the area is dangerous for you or not.
Densities per region are color-coded, ranging from grey for less than 1 case to dark red for 40+ cases.
The COVID layer app will also show a graph that would indicate the downward or upward trend in an area’s cases.
Through the COVID layer, Google hopes that travelers will have informed choices and ease their fears about the places they would be traveling to.
Source: New York Post