Household mixing increased during the third COVID-19 lockdown, study reports

Household mixing increased during the third COVID-19 lockdown, study reports

Household mixing significantly decreased in the first lockdown in England and remained relatively low in the second lockdown, but increased during the third lockdown, reports a study published in Scientific Reports. The authors observed that the increase in household mixing by mid-February 2021 during the third lockdown coincided with the wider COVID-19 vaccine rollout across England. Professor Ed Manley and colleagues used GDPR-compliant mobile phone data from over one million anonymous users who provided consent for their data to be used for research purposes. The authors compared household mixing across the pandemic to baseline levels, calculated from average household visits eight weeks before the pandemic began in England. The authors observed the largest decrease of 54.4% in household mixing during the first lockdown (starting in March 2020) which gradually increased …
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