Researchers track spread of virus through social distancing | Digital Planet research covered in ABC News

Dean Chakravorti sits down with ABC News Tampa Bay to discuss recent research from Digital Planet on the spread of COVID-19 across the United States. The research report, which analyzes mobility across the 50 states, found that the top three states that best adhere to social distancing policies are Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey. At the bottom of the list are Nebraska, Arizona, and South Dakota. States that do not follow social distancing protocols risk greater contagion rates.

In bigger cities with higher rates of infections, like New York and Boston, the research report found that people responded better to restrictions because they witness the effects of the pandemic firsthand. In order to flatten the curve nation-wide, Dean Chakravorti believes there needs to be consistent systems in place.