The relation between your Location and Coronavirus pandemic

Location data is crucial for a healthy economy and sustainable development. Thousands of GPS signals are showing the change in patterns of human mobility after the pandemic. Let us see how we can use this precious data to serve the global quest. 

The relation between your Location and Coronavirus pandemic
The relation between your Location and Coronavirus pandemic

The relation between your Location and Coronavirus pandemic 

Now everyone is aware of how Location, borders, and migrations have a direct impact on the spread of novel coronavirus. The disease that started from Wuhan is now a challenge for the entire globe. This invisible enemy of ours doesn’t understand the boundaries and cultures, but yes, we can trace its path and flatten the curve. 

Location data is crucial for a healthy economy and sustainable development. Thousands of GPS signals are showing the change in patterns of human mobility after the pandemic. Let us see how we can use this precious data to serve the global quest. 

How can we take advantage of Location-based data?

Putting forward technologies can help us to solve this global threat faster and efficiently. Health systems are saturated now, and governments are trying their best to fight COVID-19.

Various mobile applications show the interest levels of users regarding the disease. Once the user logs in to any application, their zip code data, and the content viewed by them shows how much they are concerned about the present situation.

Social distancing followed by education through the internet can make a large difference in the spread of coronavirus. Using these insights, various awareness programs can also be planned. 

Combining spatial data and location data, we can reduce the burden on hospitals and governments. Since resources are limited now, their optimization and planning are crucial. For example, information about the places that are overcrowded at a particular time is useful to implement strict rules of social distancing. 

Google is about to use Location data to fight COVID-19

Google is collecting the mobility data of people during the disease outbreak. Its series of “Community Mobility Reports” will include information about the places people are visiting during this time. 

The reports use data from the location history of the users to illustrate how they are responding to instructions of social distancing and stay at home.  

Tracking movement over time and locations could help health officials in decision making. These reports are intended to spot the behaviour of people, such as social distancing during the pandemic. You will get information at large scales like countries and regions as well as at small scales like grocery stores and pharmacies. The reports will show the crowd level before and after the pandemic. Movie theatres, cafes, or supermarkets, each place is now affected by the spread of deadly disease. 

Your location will decide in categorizing high or low-risk areas

Everyone carries a smartphone and therefore shares their location intentionally or unintentionally. GPS, WiFi, or Bluetooth, everything speaks about your Location. Proximity-based services like food delivery or mapping apps, share your location data with the app companies. They use these data points for location-based advertising. Now it can be used for spreading awareness and measuring the success of various rules.

Keeping the privacy issues in mind, the aggregated data could be used to generalize whether the people of a particular place are following contagion limiting practices or not. If it is found that residents are spending most of their time at one location, the place is considered to be safe.