AM Squaad Digital Marketing
AM Squaad Digital Marketing

In 2020, during the pandemic, when people’s primary concern was their own safety, more than a billion people relied on Google Maps for essential information about how to get from one place to another. In order to ensure safety while traveling, features such as COVID-19 alerts while riding public transportation and COVID checkpoints while driving navigation were implemented by Google. However, the COVID-19 layer in Google Maps, which displayed vital data about COVID-19 cases in a certain region, was removed last week and this includes Google Business Profiles as well. 

Google's Covid-19 Layer Update

About Google’s COVID-19 Layer

Earlier, when the COVID-19 layer was available, users were able to access the COVID-19 information layer by opening Google Maps and clicking the layers button in the upper right corner of the screen. The map was then used to show the seven-day average of new COVID cases per 100,000 people in the area you’re viewing, along with a label indicating whether or not the number of cases is on the rise. Similar results were observed when checking out public places such as a supermarket or grocery stores.

How Did Google Gather This Data?

The COVID layer featured data from numerous reputable sources, such as Johns Hopkins University, The New York Times, and Wikipedia. Public health organizations such as the World Health Organization, government health ministries, and state and local health agencies and hospitals were the primary data sources for these publications. 

Why Did Google Remove COVID-19 Layer?

According to Google, in 2020, they released the COVID-19 layer to inform the public about the progression of COVID cases in a given region. Since then, as more people in more places have gained access to COVID-19 vaccines, testing, and other resources, their requirements have changed. Needless to say, people are more cautious about the spread of disease. 

Due to low viewership, the COVID-19 layer has been removed from mobile and web versions of Google Maps as of September 2022. However, you can still use Google Search to learn about the latest developments in COVID-19 research and prevention strategies. Additionally, users can still use Maps to locate things like testing facilities and vaccination clinics.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Awesome Work

You May Also Like