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Collection : COVID-19 SARS-CoV-2 preprints from medRxiv and bioRxiv: Working from a distance: Who can afford to stay home during COVID-19? Evidence from mobile device data


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As local and state governments reopen parts of the economy while balancing public health through social distancing, it is important to understand the heterogeneity in how the population has reacted to the COVID-19 pandemic. We match census block group level Safegraph mobile device data with demographic data from the American Community Survey to identify trends amongst different subgroups of the population. We find evidence that people’s ability to work from home is a determinant of time spent at home since the beginning of the pandemic. On April 15th, census block groups classified as being better able to work from home spent 3 more hours at home compared to those who were not. We see supporting trends amongst block groups with differences in income and educational attainment.

Collection : COVID-19 SARS-CoV-2 preprints from medRxiv and bioRxiv