Fine-grained data reveal segregated mobility networks and opportunities for local containment of COVID-19. Academic Article uri icon


  • Deriving effective mobility control measures is critical for the control of COVID-19 spreading. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many countries and regions implemented travel restrictions and quarantines to reduce human mobility and thus reduce virus transmission. But since human mobility decreased heterogeneously, we lack empirical evidence of the extent to which the reductions in mobility alter the way people from different regions of cities are connected, and what containment policies could complement mobility reductions to conquer the pandemic. Here, we examined individual movements in 21 of the most affected counties in the United States, showing that mobility reduction leads to a segregated place network and alters its relationship with pandemic spread. Our findings suggest localized area-specific policies, such as geo-fencing, as viable alternatives to city-wide lockdown for conquering the pandemic after mobility was reduced.

published proceedings

  • Sci Rep

altmetric score

  • 2.7

author list (cited authors)

  • Fan, C., Lee, R., Yang, Y., & Mostafavi, A.

citation count

  • 3

complete list of authors

  • Fan, Chao||Lee, Ronald||Yang, Yang||Mostafavi, Ali

publication date

  • August 2021