Tweets Show Americans Are Following COVID-19 Precautions

April 10, 2020

U.S. News & World Report

An analysis of Twitter data suggests that Americans are heeding social distancing and other safety recommendations during the coronavirus pandemic, researchers say.

Officials have told people to limit travel, stay home and distance themselves to slow the spread of the virus.

"The question though is how effective are these policies? Once you tell people to stay home, it doesn't mean everyone listens," said research leader Mark Dredze, a computer scientist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

"It's important for us to understand on an ongoing basis if people are actually listening to these directives," he said in a Hopkins news release.

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