Google maps has added a new layer to the platform enabling users to track COVID data.
The information is designed to help users stay COVID safe when planning journeys.
This data would enable potential holiday makers to easily assess which country presents the lowest threat to their health for example, and you can even refine the data to show specific regions and counties within a country or state to be extra safe.
This data can be accessed by navigating to the layers button near the top right of the screen, just below the services tabs.
You then select COVID-19 info, which will give you a color-coded overlay over regular google maps changing from grey to red depending on the severity of COVID where you are looking.
The layers shows cases per area as a seven day average, based of off the number of new cases per 100 000 people.
The colour coding is defined as follows:
- Grey: Less than 1 case
- Yellow: 1-10 cases
- Orange: 10-20 cases
- Dark orange: 20-30 cases
- Red: 30-40 cases
- Dark red: 40+ cases
Is it accurate?
Google has stated that whilst its COVID statistical data is essentially live, it may differ from other sites and sources.
It comes from Government health ministries, The New York Times, Wikipedia and “other authoritative sources”.
The data changes constantly and may not be reflective of current cases. Date ranges for 14-day data may also differ due to different starting dates.
Some locations may not have data because they either haven’t published it or haven’t done so recently. There is currently no data on China, for example.
The data includes both probable and confirmed cases in some areas, probable cases are identified by public health officials and follow the criteria set out by government authorities.