The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) has defined a strategy to promote scientific projects to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition to biotechnology and nanotechnology studies, studies are being promoted to find out about mobility patterns in the face of the pandemic, which is the way to stop the spread of the virus.
IFISC (Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems, a joint centre of the CSIC and the University of the Balearic Islands) is working along these lines, coordinating a proposal on the impact of social distancing measures on the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic in Spain. The project also involves the Centre for Advanced Studies in Blanes (CEAB-CSIC), the Institute of Economics, Geography and Demography (IEGD-CSIC) in Madrid, the National Centre for Biotechnology (CNB-CSIC) and the Institute of Physics of Cantabria (IFCA-CSIC). External collaborators to CSIC include the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and the Centro Nacional de Epidemiología-ISCIII and companies such as Telefónica. This study takes into account such important aspects as the spatial distribution of the population, its age structure, and the distribution and characteristics of the social health centres (hospitals, health centres, old people's homes), as well as evaluating whether the containment measures have been complied with.