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How to Track COVID-19 Trends on Google Maps

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I was really hoping Google’s newest integration for Google Maps would allow you to see COVID-19 cases popping up and spreading out on a giant map in the style of Plague, Inc. Alas, it’s not meant to be—but you can at least now see COVID-19 trends directly on Google Maps.

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(And, no, this should not be used to help you plan getaways to areas with fewer cases, because you should be staying home and keeping safe like every other smart American.)

To get started, make sure your Google Maps app is updated on your Android or iOS/iPadOS device. Fire up the app, tap on the layers icon in the upper-right corner of your screen (which looks like squares stacked on top of each other), and pick “COVID-19 Info” in the screen that appears:

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Unfortunately, you won’t be able to find this information on the browser-based version of Google Maps (for those who prefer to give themselves anxiety at home instead of on-the-go). But you still have plenty of other options to track COVID-19 cases in your area, including the Johns Hopkins University tracker/maps, Reddit’s “covidmapping” mashup, the 1Point3Acres case maps, as well as the (delightfully named) “Infection2020” maps, to name a few.

When Google’s implementation goes live for everyone—it is still rolling out as of this writing—you’ll be able to see seven-day averages for COVID-19 cases for “all 220 countries and territories that Google Maps supports, along with state or province, county, and city-level data where available,” Google writes. COVID trends will be easy to spot and color-coded, useful if you just need a quick visual reminder that your home turf is getting better (or worse).

While a little more information never hurt anybody, I wouldn’t count on this new feature moving the needle for those who refuse to wear masks. You could superimpose a big fat “you’re dumb” on top of their house in Google Maps and they’d just give it a friendly wave while heading off on a mini-vacation with their friends.

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Stay safe; stay vigilant. Tell stupid people how their poor decisions are needlessly endangering all of our lives. And please, please do not use Google’s data to plan a quick trip to a “safer” location. You’re better than that.

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Charge Your Phone Wirelessly With 50% off a Multifunctional LED Lamp

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White Wireless Charge Lamp | $18 | Amazon | Clip coupon + code ABC88699
Black Wireless Charger Lamp | $20 | Amazon | Promo code ABC88699

When you’re ready to turn in for the night, you don’t want to forget to charge your phone— especially if your mobile device doubles as your alarm clock.

With this wireless charger lamp, you can make this crucial step of your nightly routine even easier by just setting your phone on the wireless charging pad and… well, that’s all there is to it!

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Other functions include multiple lighting modes as well as a sleep timer option for auto shut-off of the light after 30 or 60 minutes.

This lamp can be yours in white for $18 if you clip the coupon on Amazon (it’s below the original $40 price) and add promo code ABC88699 at checkout.

You can snag the black version for $20 using the same code—no coupon though, sorry.

Don’t sleep on this deal! Who knows how long stock or the coupon code will last?

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Grab this offer while it’s still around!


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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Charcoal) | $200 | Best Buy

Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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