Are Stay at Home Policies Working to Curb the Spread of COVID-19

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Google released location data to analyze whether coronavirus quarantines are working to slow the spread of the virus.

Google released location data to analyze whether coronavirus quarantines are working to slow the spread of the virus, according to Venture Beat.

On Thursday, Google published reports analyzing the effect stay at home policies around the globe have had on visits to shops, parks, and workplaces. The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has caused many governments to issue stay-at-home orders.

The location data in the reports comes from billions of phones and is intended for use by authorities to determine if their methods are working. Facebook has also been sharing location data with authorities.

The reports determined that the stay at home policies are having significant effects. In the US, retail and recreation decreased by 47 percent, grocery and pharmacy by 22 percent, parks by 19 percent, transit stations by 51 percent, and workplaces by 38 percent.

Google released location data to analyze whether coronavirus quarantines are working to slow the spread of the virus.

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