Google's Covid-19 Reports Show Where People Are Staying In


Google Community Mobility Report

Use these charts from Google to see how people in your area or around the globe have changed their movements in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

If you’ve wondered how people in your area are complying with stay at home orders, you can download Community Mobility Reports from Google in PDF form to view local and global changes.

The mobility reports show trends over time in places such as parks, transit stations, workplaces, residences, retail and recreation. The charts show how busy these locations were and what changed in response to stay at home orders and other COVID-19 combating policies.

The reports cover 131 countries and regions. The reports start February 16, 2020 and contain the most recent information from the previous 48 to 72 hours. Reports are broken down by country and region, and in the United States, by state and county where data is available.

The reports are generated to assist public health officials and will be available for a limited time. Google states that no personally identifiable information will be made available at any point and they are using the anonymization technology used in their products to keep activity data private and secure. This includes differential privacy, which adds artificial noise to datasets, enabling them to generate insights while preventing the identification of any individual person.

The reports are created with aggregated, anonymized sets of data from users who have turned on the Location History setting, which is off by default. This does raise privacy concerns about the collection and use of personal data, but for the moment if you want to see how effective (or ineffective) stay at home orders and lockdowns are for a given area, the reports are good indicators.

Visit Google Community Mobility Reports

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