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.
Global Trends of Mask Usage in 19 Million Adults
Over the past several months, the use of a face covering or mask has been highlighted as one of the most crucial and cost-effective mitigation measures to slow the transmission of COVID-19. Yet, our understanding on the global adoption of mask-wearing behavior has been relatively inadequate. To better understand the global trends of mask usage, we used data from the International COVID-19 Symptom Survey, which is a large daily survey in partnership between The University of Maryland and Facebook Data for Good.
Are Masks Widely Used in Public?
Some claim that current COVID spikes indicate that masks and social distancing do not work. To answer this question, we must first ask, are people wearing masks? Since April, Delphi has conducted daily surveys of Facebook users throughout the United States. These surveys ask respondents about their experiences during the pandemic and whether they're experiencing symptoms. Since early September we have also asked all respondents a question about mask use.
Data on Economic Anxiety Offer New Opportunities for Insights on the Global Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic
We recently released a new set of aggregated data on economic indicators, which will provide new insights into how individuals have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide. Economic concerns due to COVID-19 are widespread, but it has been challenging to examine those concerns in a systematic way due to a lack of multinational data. Using our new data from the COVID-19 Symptom Survey, which addresses many of these concerns, we explored a few questions related to the prevalence and trends of economic anxiety.
Home for the Holidays? The Impact of US Holidays on Social Behaviors and Preventative Measures
With pandemic fatigue setting in across the United States after a long year filled with uncertainty, many felt the temptation to celebrate a “normal” Thanksgiving and Christmas. Many health organizations strongly discouraged large gatherings during the holidays. Delphi’s COVID-19 Surveys can provide a broader picture of the travel Americans took during the holiday season. In taking greater risks with travel, did Americans change their behaviors in other preventative measures like mask wearing during this time?
Tracking Global COVID-19 Vaccination Uptake and Sentiments in 200+ Countries and Territories
In December, the University of Maryland and Carnegie Mellon University, in partnership with Facebook, began collaborating with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to incorporate a COVID-19 vaccination module in the Symptom Survey to support the COVID-19 vaccination programs that are rolling out globally. The newly added questions will enable our survey to track daily vaccination uptake, measure vaccine-related sentiments, and examine how trends vary across different population subgroups in real-time.
Using the COVID-19 Symptom Survey to Track Vaccination Uptake and Sentiment in the United States
In support of the COVID-19 vaccination campaigns that are currently underway across the country, we collaborated with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to incorporate several vaccine surveillance questions to Facebook's Symptom Survey. This enables our survey to track vaccination uptake and measure vaccine-related sentiments as the states plan and progress through the different phases of the federal priority criteria and their own vaccination programs.