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Visualizing Social Distancing in the United States

by Michael McLaughlin
A color-coded map of the United States that shows most areas significantly reduced their travel by the end of March.

Reuters has created a series of data visualizations using location data from millions of smartphones to show how social distancing efforts have affected travel in the United States. The visualizations show that most individuals in cities such as New York, Chicago, and Denver had stopped commuting by March 20. In addition, an interactive graph demonstrates that individuals that are older and live in rural areas were slower to reduce their travel, but that most individuals are traveling dramatically less than in February. 

Take a look.

 

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