HARC analyses data to study impact of COVID-19

The stay-at-home policy has reduced the burden on medical facilities, slowed down the rate of infections that helped in saving lives. The order also has its effects on communities, environment and infrastructure systems.

HARC analyses data to study impact of COVID-19
HARC analyses data to study impact of COVID-19

HARC analyses data to study impact of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to create havoc in the United States and rest of the world. A lot of measures have been put in place in Greater Houston region and the state of Texas. Till now, at least 50 municipal and seven county orders have been put in place in the Greater Houston region. As many as 37 counties across Texas have put stay-at-home policies.

The stay-at-home policy has reduced the burden on medical facilities, slowed down the rate of infections that helped in saving lives. The order also has its effects on communities, environment and infrastructure systems.

Authorities and researchers are trying to understand the COVID-19’s effects on economic systems, short-term effects on quality of life, environment, and infrastructure. Lessons that are learned during these tough days can also help in planning and adaptation efforts in case of future public health crises and other events like natural disasters.

Experts at the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) are working on the data describing air quality, regional mobility, and energy demand to find out the extent of regional and statewide changes because of the and results of stay-at-home orders. The center will work to collect and share the information broadly.

Sharing a study on its official website, HARC said, “The purpose of this analysis is to show the extent to which Harris County and regional residents’ reduced average daily travel during COVID-19 pandemic. The change in average distance is compared to a baseline (average distance traveled for the same day of the week during non-COVID-19 time period for a specific county). This information helps establish relationships between the implementation of social distancing measures and public response.”

“Data is derived from the Unacast COVID-19 Location Data Toolkit, which uses location intelligence from data collected through mobile applications, GPS, mobile device Bluetooth connections, and Wi-Fi connections to understand customer movement patterns. Data was provided free of charge by Unacast through the Data for Good program.”