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How has human mobility changed under the COVID-19 Pandemic?

posted on 2020-06-03, 16:20 authored by Kelsey Gonzalez
This visualization, titled "How has human mobility changed under the COVID-19 Pandemic?" was submitted by Kelsey Gonzalez to the University of Arizona Libraries 2020 Data Visualization Challenge. It received the first place win within the graduate classification.

Submitted Abstract:
This visualization aims to understand population behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic. I use aggregated human mobility data (how far people move each day) from Cuebiq, an offline intelligence and measurement marketing company, which partners with 86 apps to collect first-party location data. Different U.S. states have handled the Covid-19 Pandemic in vastly different ways, with some states still refraining from issuing stay-at-home orders. This has led to very different mobility behaviors by state. I show that the stay-at-home order successfully reduced movement during the week of March 23rd and April 13th, with Americans reverting towards pre-COVID-19 movement patterns in between.

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