Changes in mobility patterns in Europe during the COVID-19 pandemic: Novel insights using open source data

08/24/2020
by   Anna Sigridur Islind, et al.
0

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we act, interact and move around in the world. The pandemic triggered a worldwide health crisis that has been tackled using a variety of strategies across Europe. Whereas some countries have taken strict measures, others have avoided lock-downs altogether. In this paper, we report on findings obtained by combining data from different publicly available sources in order to shed light on the changes in mobility patterns in Europe during the pandemic. Using that data, we show that mobility patterns have changed in different counties depending on the strategies they adopted during the pandemic. Our data shows that the majority of European citizens walked less during the lock-downs, and that, even though flights were less frequent, driving increased drastically. In this paper, we focus on data for a number of countries, for which we have also developed a dashboard that can be used by other researchers for further analyses. Our work shows the importance of granularity in open source data and how such data can be used to shed light on the effects of the pandemic.

READ FULL TEXT

page 1

page 2

page 3

page 4

06/23/2022

Businesses in high-income zip codes saw sharper foot-traffic reductions during the COVID-19 pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded, the mobility patterns of people world...
10/06/2020

A Characterization of the COVID-19 Pandemic Impact on a Mobile Network Operator Traffic

During early 2020, the SARS-CoV-2 virus rapidly spread worldwide, forcin...
08/08/2020

Statistical Analytics and Regional Representation Learning for COVID-19 Pandemic Understanding

The rapid spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has severely impact...
03/25/2021

Transition from physical to online shopping alternatives due to the COVID-19 pandemic

By using 530 responses from an online questionnaire, this study aims to ...
05/24/2022

COVID-19: An exploration of consecutive systemic barriers to pathogen-related data sharing during a pandemic

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a rapid response from governm...
08/01/2020

Towards Integrated and Open COVID-19 Data

Motivated by the global unrest related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we pres...