Google has published information that shows how the coronavirus has affected the movement of people in the country, with a drop in trips to parks, retail services, workplaces and subway and bus stations.
The company released reports for 131 countries with graphs comparing the movement recorded between February 16 and March 29 in stores, with a period that covers January and the beginning of February this year. Information from the different countries analyzed can be accessed publicly.
The declines were accentuated as governors took measures to ensure social isolation in the face of the coronavirus pandemic in Brazil. On March 21, for example, quarantine was decreed in the state of São Paulo, which led shopping malls, restaurants and other commercial establishments to close.
In Brazil, the fall in the category "recreation" (which includes cafes, restaurants and museums, for example) was 71%. The category "parks", which also includes beaches, peaked during the carnival days, but still fell by 70% in the analyzed period.
Google data shows locomotion of Android users in Brazil. – Photo: Reproduction
The giant also measured other locations, such as public transport stations, such as the subway and buses, where it moved 62%. In offices and other workplaces, the drop was less steep, at 34%.
According to the analysis, the only category that registered an increase was households, 17%. The idea was to measure how the quarantine and isolation caused by covid-19 affected users' movement and visiting places.
The data in the reports is from Android phones with "Location History" enabled. The company said it had taken steps to ensure that no individual could be identified through the surveys.
Viaduto do Chá empty this Friday morning (27) during the coronavirus quarantine in SP – Photo: Giaccomo Voccio / G1
Google said it has published the reports to avoid any confusion about the data it provides to authorities, in the face of the global debate that has arisen about the balance between protecting privacy and the need to prevent the spread of the virus.
"These reports were developed to help comply with our strict privacy protocols and policies," wrote Karen DeSalvo, vice president of health at Google Health and Jen Fitzpatrick, senior vice president at Google Geo, in a statement.
According to Reuters, the company declined to comment on whether it had received a legal request to share more detailed data to aid in the pandemic's fighting efforts.