Facebook is ready to provide maps of users’ movement for fight against Covid-19 pandemic

Source : 112 Ukraine

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14:36, 7 April 2020

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Facebook is ready to provide the maps of movement of the users for the fight against coronavirus pandemic as the company stated.

This data is gathered within Data for Good program; it is already used by scientists and non-profit organizations for the fight against coronavirus. Facebook will provide maps of three types: co-location, movement range trends and social connectedness index.

The maps of the co-location reveal the probability that people in one area will come in contact with people in another, helping illuminate where COVID-19 cases may appear next.

Related: Healthcare Ministry promises free treatment of coronavirus-infected Ukrainians in moderate, severe condition

The social connectedness index shows friendships across states and countries, which can help to forecast the likelihood of disease spread.

Movement range trends show at a regional level whether people are staying near home or visiting many parts of town, which can provide insights into whether preventive measures are headed in the right direction.

As we reported, Google company allocated a $500,000 grant to Ukraine’s Healthcare Ministry for information campaigns against panic amid coronavirus spread. These funds will help to put the sources of the Healthcare Ministry to top results of the search.

Related: Another 12 Covid-19 cases in Kyiv; 279 infected in capital

Meanwhile, the number of coronavirus cases in Ukraine has increased to 1,462 cases. Ukraine observed 45 deaths, 28 patients successfully recovered. Over the last 24 hours, 143 new cases have been recorded.


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