Google COVID-19 Mobility – Big Data

Since a lot of countries has begun enforcing lockdown in their own respective country and most of it is compliant by the residence, however we are unable to accurately track if people are adhering to the order by the nation’s government.

Google somehow is able to track all of those information as a large number of the population is using a handphone with some Google services installed in it.

Google has launched its new “reporting site” where you are able to download data which has been tracked by google in terms of how much changes there are of people’s movement in places like Retails, parks or even transportation stations

Louisiana's Community Mobility Report shows a 45% decrease in visits to places like restaurants and shopping centers and a 16% decrease in visits to places like groceries and pharmacies since January.

Its more of a summary and changes over the past 2 months of data collected. For example here is Malaysia’s reports where you see a huge change in percentage of people visiting Retail and recreation sites.

Just by seeing the reports you are able to tell that there is a big impact on retail and recreation, however there are still individuals chilling out at the parks and also people are still going to do their groceries however the number is less most likely due to Malaysia Movement Order (MCO) only allows 1 person per family to go out to get the essential items.

Comparing to Indonesia

You can see that Indonesia has seen drops only just lately however they have not been on full lockdown yet as the population is just immense and trying to take immediate drastic action could cause a nationwide panic.

Have to remember that there is 300 million population in Indonesia and just Jakarta alone there is about 33million which is about the same size of Malaysia entire population

How to access this data

Everyone is able to get hold of this data and download it just by visiting this website

https://www.google.com/covid19/mobility/

Summary

At this point of time, these are really interesting data to see how the people from other countries are reacting to the covid-19 “social distancing”.

However there are some concerns as well, as Google has shown its colors on just how much data they are collecting and is able to showcase it. I would guess that the accuracy of data would be pretty high as almost everyone carries a smartphone these days with some google services.

But what do you think ?

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