Based on Smartphone Data, North Dakota Gets a ‘B’ for Social Distancing

Social distancing is in effect Sunday, March 22, to safeguard against the spread of the coronavirus on this Allegiant flight from Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

MINOT, N.D. — Social distancing is probably our best line of defense when it comes to coronavirus.

You can’t get it if you’re not exposed to it, right?

But social distancing is hard, and if you ‘re not doing it, your smartphone may be ratting you out.

The Social Distancing Scoreboard is a project launched by a company called Uncast. They’re in the business of collecting and analyzing phone GPS location. The scoreboard uses that sort of data to grade our various states, and counties, on how well we’re doing on social distancing.

Specifically, they’re measuring how far we’re all traveling and extrapolating from that some conclusions about social distancing.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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