Survey on the impact of social distancing measures on the Covid-19 epidemic in Spain

May 19, 2020

In the coming months, measures will be taken to gradually de-confinance the population, which will gradually restore mobility in the territory and increase contacts between people. To better understand how the dynamics of the spread of Covid-19 disease will evolve in the coming months, it is necessary to systematically study mobility and its relationship with socio-demographic aspects, as well as to monitor other micro-changes that will be produced in our social behaviour.

The Distancia-COVID project of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), in which IFISC (CSIC-UIB), the Centre d' Estudis Avançats de Blanes (CEAB), the Instituto de Física de Cantabria (IFCA), the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and the Instituto de Economía, Geografía y Demografía (IEGD) are participating, is part of a multidisciplinary effort that uses computer and data science techniques to analyse the effect of the containment measures taken, on mobility and social behaviour, to stop the spread of Covid disease19 and to be able to direct new measures towards controlled, low-risk containment.

With these objectives in mind, the project is launching a survey on mobility and social contacts, with which researchers aim to better understand the impact of social distancing on our daily behaviour. This information, which is completely anonymous, will provide a statistical basis for generating a series of scenarios and help in decision-making on possible action measures. The survey is carried out within the framework of a methodology already used in previous epidemiological studies and in coordination with other European countries.

The survey, whose dissemination is crucial to obtain results in the study, is available through the project's website:


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