covid-19

The impact of COVID-19 on relative changes in aggregated mobility using mobile-phone data

Evaluating relative changes leads to additional insights that would remain hidden when only evaluating absolute changes. We analyze a dataset describing the mobility of mobile phones in Austria before, during COVID-19 lock-down measures until …

Complexity, transparency and time pressure: practical insights into science communication in times of crisis

A global crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic that started in early 2020 poses significant challenges for how research is conducted and communicated. We present four case studies from the perspective of an interdisciplinary research institution that …

Country-wide mobility changes observed using mobile phone data during COVID-19 pandemic

In March 2020, the Austrian government introduced a widespread lock-down in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on subjective impressions and anecdotal evidence, Austrian public and private life came to a sudden halt. Here we assess the effect …