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How have the mobility patterns of California changed since March 2020 due to the pandemic? Mobile phone location data can help to answer this question. As reported by Phillip Reese, Google has compiled large amounts of cell phone location tracking data as part of its ongoing effort to help leaders around the world to gauge the impact of COVID-related closures and travel restrictions. Collected from phones with location trackers enabled, the mobility logs show patterns of trip frequency—available at national, state and regional levels—in daily snapshots from early 2020 through early March 2021. The baseline for comparison in terms of trip frequency is the first five weeks of 2020, before California and the United States initiated broad COVID-related restrictions.
Some of the key findings of this analysis are:
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