It is too early for a growing number of states and cities to gradually reopen after weeks of tight blockades in the United States over the new coronavirus pandemic, according tomedia. Allowing people to leave their homes and re-emerge in public places with a reduction in new cases is not enough may lead to a sharp increase in the number of cases, offsetting the benefits of previous home isolation.
But there is now a more ominous warning sign: data are beginning to show that people are starting to adhere less and less to social distance guidelines.
About 50 percent of the data owned by SafeGraph stayed at home on April 12, according to SafeGraph, a mobile phone location data company based on the location of 18 million phones across the country. Since then, however, the number of mobile phones staying at home has never been close to that number, and by April 27the number of mobile phones staying at home had fallen to less than 40 per cent.
Although this has been a different level of occurrence across the country, it is happening almost everywhere in the United States, according to SafeGraph. Nick Singh, head of marketing at SafeGraph, told NPR: “Whatever the order or governor says, we’re seeing the whole country’s attitude soften. “
A similar picture appears in Apple’s data, where the iPhone maker publishes daily reports that reflect people’s use of Apple Maps to find directions somewhere, a trend that is rising again, according to the latest data: