Google introduces COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports

Google to Publish User Location Data to Help Governments Tackle Virus

Google using phone location data to show the impact of lockdown

"Ultimately, understanding not only whether people are traveling, but also trends in destinations, can help officials design guidance to protect public health and essential needs of communities".

Like how traffic jams or traffic measurements are detected on Google Maps, the new reports will also use "aggregated, anonymised" data from users who have turned on their location.

Retail and recreation places in Italy and Spain saw a 94% dip in the footfall while 85% of Britons skipped visiting these places during the lockdown period. Ontario has a slight increase in the workplace area - down 46% - and residential matches the national data at 14%.

The new Community Mobile Reports show anonymized location data that can help authorities understand whether social distancing measures are being taken. The company said, though, it was open to including additional information and countries in follow-up reports. "Google is also only showing the percentage change for each category in the report, not the absolute number".

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The report highlights that countries which are worst hit by the pandemic, including Italy, UK, Spain and Germany, experienced a major dip in visits to places like restaurants and movie theatres. Since the curfew, 17% more people are staying home. Mobility trends for outdoor parks increased by 15%.

Google said it published the reports to avoid any confusion about what it was providing to authorities, given the global debate that has emerged about balancing privacy-invasive location tracking with the need to prevent further outbreaks. NY accounted for more than 93,000 patients at the time of this writing, out of America's more than 245,000 cases.

Transit stations, which cover metro stops and bus and train stations.

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For instance, in Alberta visits to parks have dropped by 23 per cent, while staying at home rose 13 per cent. The reports will be available for a limited time, for as long as health organizations consider them useful in the fight against the public health crisis.

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In addition to washing hands regularly and not touching your face, officials recommend practicing social distancing, assuming anyone may be carrying the virus.

The sources include the World Health Organisation (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and platforms of local civic organisations. The food stores and chemists that were still open were 51% less frequented.

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