Amidst COVID-19 Google has released reports to show control of spreading of coronavirus and how effective lockdowns are working.
The COVID-19 pandemic that has infected over a million persons across the globe. And claimed the lives of over 53,000 at the time of mentioning this here continues to spread in different parts of the world.
Currently, with no cure available for the SARS-CoV-2 that causes the COVID-19 disease, governments across the world have ordered lockdowns. Also, urged the citizens to practice social distancing and stay shut inside their homes to curb the COVID-19 spreading. And, to help public health officials and governments ascertain if these measures are in order and working, Biggest search engine company Google released Community Mobility Reports for over 131 countries and regions. Reports on spreading of COVID 19 released by Google
How does it work?
These reports charts track movements and spread over time by geography, across different places like parks, transit stations, workstations, residences and retail. In order to show how crowded these locations were. And what changed in response to lockdowns and few other the virus combating strategies.
However, Google fails to put out the exact number of visits to places. And claims that it doesn’t collect any personally identifiable information about its users, like their locations, contacts or movements.
Furthermore, Google says these insights are created by collecting aggregated, anonymized data from users. The ones who have kept the Location History setting enabled on their smartphones. This is similar to how data collected for Google Maps.
Also, Google says these mobility trends will be provided over several weeks. It provides with the up to date information being two to three days old.
Results in fighting against COVID-19
By providing this data, Google hopes to make it easier for all the authorities to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. For instance, if people are constantly visiting transportation hotspots like bus stands, then government officials could arrange more buses to allow more room between the passengers for social distancing.
Also, Google is collaborating with a few epidemiologists working on the virus in a bid to better understand and forecast the further flow of pandemic.