How has human mobility changed under the COVID-19 Pandemic?
figureposted on 03.06.2020, 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.
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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This item is part of University of Arizona Libraries 2020 Data Visualization Challenge