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.
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.