Anthropology Magazine

Does Green on COVID-19 Maps Mean What You Think?
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    A person wearing a pink shirt and a light-pink hijab stands in a dark space with their face illuminated while pointing to images of data on a large screen.

    Does Green on COVID-19 Maps Mean What You Think?

    COVID-19 “heat maps” are intended to help the public evaluate health risks during the pandemic. But the guidelines the CDC and other institutions use to create these maps can lead to confusion. Two linguistic anthropologists help make sense of what these maps really mean.