Check out 30 famous World Heritage sites you can virtually visit on Google Earth while social distancing
- Google Earth has a list of 30 UNESCO World Heritage sites to virtually visit and learn about online.
- On Thursday, the US State Department issued a Level 4 travel advisory covering all international travel.
- The advisory came as the coronavirus has infected more than 235,000 people and killed more than 9,700.
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COVID-19, the coronavirus disease, might stop you from traveling, but you can still visit historical sites online using Google Earth. The tech company put together a list of 30 UNESCO World Heritage sites, with historical context and pins for each one.
On Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared it a pandemic. The virus has disrupted travel worldwide, leading to flight cancellations, quarantines, and other breakdowns in movement. On Tuesday, residents in the San Francisco Bay Area were ordered to "shelter in place" until April 7, meaning that they must remain in their homes except for essential travel for groceries and medicine. On Friday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered all employees at nonessential businesses to work from home.
Whether you're sheltering in place or simply minimizing travel and social distancing, Google Earth can let you pretend to see the world.