Water Consumption Mind-sets


One of the ways the University of Washington’s Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IMHE) can make projections into the future of the pandemic is by watching how people move around through the use of cell phone data. More updated blog post movement means more spread. Less movement means there is less contact and fewer opportunities for the virus to infect others.  This chart from IMHE , although marked “Social Distancing,” is actually showing how much we’re moving in Washington. From late October to Nov. 10, cell phone data shows 29% less movement than in pre-pandemic January. While that data is lagging by several weeks, new data from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) suggests a similar trend, showing that vehicle traffic is dropping again. It's down 22% on average from where we were at this time in 2019. The numbers are arrived at differently. WSDOT has counters embedded in the pavement. IMHE uses cell phone data that would also pick up people moving in cars. “That is data that can track you and say how many people went to a place.


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