Over the past two years, dozens of organizations used Facebook's Data for Good products to improve wellbeing and save lives. Their most profound applications include disaster preparedness projects, vaccination campaigns, and effective deployment of services during times of natural disaster.
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Facebook Mobility Data Dashboard for Poland COVID19 Response by Columbia University
This is aggregated and anonymised information from Facebook users who have geo-location enabled. Data is added on a regular basis, twice a week.
New and Improved COVID Symptom Survey Tracks Testing and Mask-Wearing
Beginning in early April 2020, the Delphi group has conducted a major survey to track COVID-19 across the United States. With the support of Facebook Data for Good, we have been able to recruit tens of thousands of active Facebook users every day to take our voluntary survey. Concurrently, a University of Maryland team has conducted a parallel international effort covering over 100 countries worldwide. Every day, we aggregate our survey results to produce estimates of symptoms for counties and states across the United States.
Covid Disparities in the United States
As Covid-19 has spread throughout the United States, poor and minority neighborhoods have been particularly hard-hit. According to an ongoing survey of more than 10 million Facebook users, respondents in the poorest quartile of zipcodes have been 63 percent more likely than other respondents to have tested positive for the coronavirus. Respondents in minority-majority zipcodes have tested positive at a rate 58 percent higher than respondents in zipcodes with a majority of non-Hispanic whites.
COVID-19 Symptom Surveys through Facebook
Since April 2020, in collaboration with Facebook, partner universities, and public health officials, Carnegie Mellon University has been conducting a massive daily survey to monitor the spread and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. The survey is advertised through Facebook, but it’s run on CMU's Qualtrics platform (Facebook never sees any of the survey responses). This is an ongoing operation and the survey is taken by about 74,000 people each day.
IHME Finds Mask-wearing and Other Measures Could Prevent Over 60,000 Deaths in Sub-Saharan Africa by December 1
In new COVID-19 projections for sub-Saharan Africa, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington forecasts that nearly universal adherence to mask-wearing and social distancing mandates in hard-hit countries could prevent up to 60,125 deaths in the region by December 1.
Wear a mask? Yes, always wear a mask.
The Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation used the Symptom Survey to evaluate mask use and concluded that mask use can reduce the risk of respiratory illness like COVD-19 by one-third or more.