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New Data Shows How British Columbians Are Reacting To Pandemic

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Google just released new data that shows how British Columbians have been reacting to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The data looks at how behaviours have changed between March 8-29th, when health officials first began stressing the importance of staying home.

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It looks particularly at how many residents have stopped going to work, shops, parks and taken transit.

The data shows that while going into work is down 47%, park visits are up 27%. Meanwhile, staying at home has rose 13%.


And while that may not seem so bad, B.C. is doing worse than some other provinces. To compare, park visits have dropped by 23% in Alberta and are down 14% in Ontario.

The numbers for staying home are about the same in Alberta and Ontario. However, park visits in Saskatchewan are up 45%, 95% in Nova Scotia and 101% in New Brunswick.

B.C. is doing well avoiding the workplace, as the number is down by 47%. In Ontario, it’s down 46% and down 45% in Quebec.

Overall, Canadians are going to retail and recreation spots 59% less and to grocery stores and pharmacies 35% less.

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