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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.

On April 9th, 2021 the La Soufriere volcano in the north of the island of St. Vincent erupted, spewing heavy ash and smoke across the island and much of the surrounding region. An estimated 16,000... On April 9th, 2021 the La Soufriere volcano in the north of the island of St. Vincent erupted, spewing heavy ash and smoke across the island and much of the surrounding region. An estimated 16,000 persons in the most heavily affected area were evacuated from the island and another estimated 2,000 persons left their homes. Direct Relief conducted a space-time hotspot analysis of population changes based on Facebook's Disaster Maps aggregated population data between April 10th and April 17th, which indicates the magnitude of the population reduction in northern St. Vincent, and the relative shift to southern communities.

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Disaster Maps

Volcanic Explosion in St Vincent and the Grenadines – Facebook Population Mobility Analysis from April 10th through 17th, 2021

On April 9th, 2021 the La Soufriere volcano in the north of the island of St. Vincent erupted, spewing heavy ash and smoke across the island and much of the surrounding region. An estimated 16,000 persons in the most heavily affected area were evacuated from the island and another estimated 2,000 persons left their homes. Direct Relief conducted a space-time hotspot analysis of population changes based on Facebook's Disaster Maps aggregated population data between April 10th and April 17th, which indicates the magnitude of the population reduction in northern St. Vincent, and the relative shift to southern communities.

This study investigated the predictors of risk perception and its effect on older adults’ preventive behavior and/or medical care avoidance during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study found that... This study investigated the predictors of risk perception and its effect on older adults’ preventive behavior and/or medical care avoidance during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study found that significant predictors of higher risk perception were female gender, older age, poorer health, city residency, personally knowing someone who had COVID-19, and correct knowledge of vaccine/treatment. Higher risk perception was subsequently associated with higher frequency/probability of practicing preventive behavior and/or avoiding medical care. Knowledge had the strongest path coefficient with risk perception. Ultimately, disseminating correct information to older adults could help them evaluate infection risk accurately and educational programs on the precautions implemented at clinical settings to ensure patient safety may encourage older adults to seek timely medical care.

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COVID-19 Preventative Health Survey

Risk Perception, Preventive Behavior, and Medical Care Avoidance among American Older Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This study investigated the predictors of risk perception and its effect on older adults’ preventive behavior and/or medical care avoidance during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study found that significant predictors of higher risk perception were female gender, older age, poorer health, city residency, personally knowing someone who had COVID-19, and correct knowledge of vaccine/treatment. Higher risk perception was subsequently associated with higher frequency/probability of practicing preventive behavior and/or avoiding medical care. Knowledge had the strongest path coefficient with risk perception. Ultimately, disseminating correct information to older adults could help them evaluate infection risk accurately and educational programs on the precautions implemented at clinical settings to ensure patient safety may encourage older adults to seek timely medical care.

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