Supporting COVID-19 research in Europe
Throughout the past year our data maps and indexes have helped academics, policy makers and medical researchers understand vaccine uptake and the spread of new variants with rapid and impactful results.
In Germany, statisticians at LMU München are using privacy-protected data from Facebook’s Data for Good programme to discover how social interaction is impacting COVID-19 infection. This allowed them to forecast the number of COVID-19 cases on a local level, and to understand more broadly how everyday behaviours influenced the spread of the disease.
In a pan-European collaboration, researchers at Ecole Polytechnique in France and Athens University of Economics and Business in Greece developed a model to study the impact of population movement on the spread of COVID-19. To support their model, they used Facebook’s Disease Prevention Maps to look at human mobility via administrative regions. Focusing on four countries—Italy, Spain, France and England—the model forecasts the spread of the disease and therefore offers useful insights to policymakers on appropriate interventions and resource allocation.
You can download the reports and find out more about how Facebook is using data to help fight the pandemic on the Data for Good COVID-19 European research pages.