Google used the location data of users to generate reports on the behaviour of people in urban areas where it has been implemented confinement to contain the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19)the pandemic, which already exceeds a million cases of infection and almost 60 thousand deaths in the world.
The technology company collected the information of phones that have activated the chronology of locations of your map application to create trends of movement during the time, and in different categories, such as places of recreation, convenience stores, pharmacies, parks, transport stations, work centers, and residential areas.
The reports are intended for to help governments and health authorities, involved with the treatment of the coronavirus. According to Google, include information of several weeks and show data as recent as between 48 and 72 hours, 131 countries.
“The idea is to help those responsible for public health and other authorities to better understand what they are being the effects of the measures taken and, if necessary, modify them on the basis of observed trends,” he said to Efe a Google spokesman who asked not to be identified.
In Latin America appreciate differences between the countries that have taken drastic measures of confinement, and those whose guidelines to contain the pandemic are not as severe.
For example, in Mexico the decline in work places has been located in at least 20%, with a fall of 45% in tourist places such as beaches, 46% in parks, 47% in stations, and 19% in supermarkets. Until the last cut, Mexico registered 1, 688 cases of infection and 60 deaths.
In change in Argentina the data are much greater, as the descent to the workplace is 57%, and even 80% in a few days; in parks and on beaches 89%, the traffic in the stations of public transport fell by 80% and in supermarkets 61%. Recent figures indicate that this country has 1,265 infections and 39 deaths.
In the case of Colombiathe mobility centres of work dropped 58%, in the places of leisure, 86%, at transit stations 82%, and in pharmacies and supermarkets, 68%. As of today, the country’s coffee has more than a thousand 200 cases of infection and 25 deaths.
While in Brazilthe decrease in the places of work is 34%, to the beaches and parks declined 71%, to the stations of public transport 62% and in supermarkets is 35%. Brazil records more than nine thousand cases and 359 deaths.
And in Chile, the descent to the places of employment was 42%, to the parks by 72%, to stations, 64%, and convenience stores 55%. Chile has confirmed 3, 737 contagion, and only 22 dead.
It is important to mention that, according to Google, the data of users used to reports son protected by the privacy policies of the company. But if a user wants Google not to include their movements in these aggregate data, you must make sure that you have marked as “off,” location History in the settings menu of your mobile phone, although the company explained that this is an option that is already disabled by default and it is the user who has to take the step to save your history
This is not the only initiative that has had the search giant to combat the outbreak of COVID-19, because a few weeks ago launched a site to verify information about the contagion. and allocated USD 800 million to support small and medium-sized businesses, health organizations, and affected governments.