Association Between Population Mobility Reductions and New COVID-19 Diagnoses in the United States Along the Urban–Rural Gradient, February–April, 2020

Xiaojiang Li, PhD, MS; Abby E. Rudolph, MPH, PhD; Jeremy Mennis, MS, PhD

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Prev Chronic Dis. 2020;17(10):e118 

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Although our findings should not be interpreted as a predictive model, these results provide evidence that reductions in population mobility may act to constrain the growth rate in COVID-19 cases, particularly in urban settings, though it is unclear whether the urban–rural differences we observed during the initial rise in COVID-19 cases in the United States will continue in the future, given the changing geography of the pandemic and differences in mitigation approaches used across the country.

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