He used location data from more than 45 million cellphones between March 11 and April 10, to spend daily commute distances and time at home in all 50 states. This helped him to find out how well the people followed the mandate of social distances.
It seems that they did, in part.
Researchers wrote, “The implementation of home-stay social removal policies was associated with changes in human movement.” “That is, people generally reduced the distance of their daily commutes and increased the time of their home residents.”
At the same time, the rate of increase in cases with the highest levels of increase in five states – New York, New Jersey, Michigan, California, and Massachusetts – slowed down after house orders were implemented.
Their results suggest that stay-at-home orders were associated with a decrease in the spread of the Kovid-19 epidemic and leveling of the curve. ”
It is possible that other control measures – such as wearing masks – may play a role in the reduction of cases.
Once the order was out, the movement increased
CDC researchers said, “In 97.6% of counties with mandatory stay-at-home orders issued by states or territories, based on location data from mobile devices, these orders are declining after the order date begins. Associated with the movement. ” The Georgia Tech Research Institute wrote.
Researchers also found that in areas where orders were lifted or abolished, the movement “greatly increased” immediately after.
Researchers in Wisconsin said the study could help determine how to control the epidemic in the future.
“The findings come at a particularly critical period, when US states are beginning to reopen their economies, but the COVID-19 cases are increasing,” he wrote.
“At such times, our study shows the efficacy of social abstinence measures at home and may provide future public health policy making.”