Rationing Social Contact During the COVID-19 Pandemic Transmission

Seth G. Benzell

Using surveys, government statistics, and Safegraph point-of-interest level data Seth and his team were able to evaluate the trade-off between economic value and COVID transmission risk to different locations organized by type, time and geography. Their original work making recommendations to governments and businesses was published in June. In a follow up paper they evaluate how well the US has rationed social contact to high bang-for-buck interactions.

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How different measures of social media have distinct ways of impacting foot traffic to retail brands

Thomas Weinandy

Social Distancing, Internet Access and Inequality


The Data Science of COVID-19 Spread: Some Troubling Current and Future Trends

Rex Douglass

How Safegraph Data is Empowering Cities In COVID-19 Response and Beyond

Al Hleileh, Frank Lagoe and Derek Ouyang