Heat map shows where people are still going out

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Middlesbrough residents are more likely to flout the new “stay at home” rules designed to curb the spread of Covid-19, according to survey data collected by a health app.

As of April 2, about 25% of Middlesbrough survey respondents said they were not staying indoors, followed by 18.2% in northern Hertfordshire and 17.7% of residents in Burnley, according to the Evergreen Health app.

More than 26,700 Evergreen Health users responded to a survey of their behavior during the pandemic to help the app “map” how different parts of the UK are playing by the rules.

Data exclude key workers.

The best to stay home were people in Ryedale, North Yorkshire, with 98.2%, those in Wandsworth in south-west London and Adur in West Sussex, both at 97.5. %, followed by Richmond upon Thames and Powys with 97.1%.

Respondents were also asked about the symptoms of Covid-19, such as if they had a dry cough or temperature and if they became self-isolated, and also when they recovered.

The anonymized data is shared with the NHS and data scientists from the universities of Liverpool and Manchester to help them analyze the progress of the pandemic.

The developers of the app said that for an area of ​​the country to appear on the map, there had to be enough people in the sample sizes for the percentages quoted to be statistically significant.

Users of the app also receive advice on how to protect themselves during the crisis, with personalized advice from the NHS to those who are considered to be at greatest risk of complications from the virus.

The application was launched in 2015 in partnership with the NHS so that users can have access to all their health records and enter their own fitness and wellness data to have all the information in one place, and account now 750,000 users.

Dr. Ian Hall of the University of Manchester said: “The respondents support a better understanding of the local experience of Covid-19 disease by sharing their data, which will be extremely useful for national and local planning.

“This is an exciting emerging data flow and I look forward to helping interpret the data, with colleagues from Manchester and Liverpool, as it provides situational awareness to users and decision makers.”

This weekend, several local councils made the decision to close the parks and other public spaces when thousands of people took advantage of the sun.

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