The project “Monitor My Lockdown” Web App and the website is now live at http://www.MonitorMyLockdown.com
It is the culmination of my seven months of research on seismic data, seismic analysis, working on datasets of over 10 billion data points while pursuing full time high school (Grade 9) studies.
“Monitor My Lockdown” helps policymakers, health workers, researchers, and citizens measure how effective the COVID-19 lockdowns (or lockdowns in future) are in reducing human movements.
Since 11 March 2020, when the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic, governments around the world deployed varying degrees of lockdown to check the spread of the virus. Lockdowns closed borders, nonessential businesses, construction sites, restaurants, put workforce, students and seniors at home, and road, rail and air transport bottomed out.
These lockdowns were imposed at periodic intervals. Lockdowns restrictions were eased when the number of new COVID-19 cases started to decrease. And they were reimposed when the case number grew.
Lockdowns are costly to impose – politically, economically and socially. I wanted to find a way to measure the effect of these lockdowns so that policymakers could rely on hard data and evidence to better time and target these lockdowns.
Monitor My Lockdown measures seismic vibrations across 9 major cities of Canada across 6 provinces using data from Canadian National Seismograph Network to provide an almost real-time measure of the effectiveness of lockdowns in reducing human activities.
My Web App provides answer to 3 questions:
- How much did the human activities (anthropogenic seismic vibrations) reduce during the lockdown? Comparison could be made to pre-lockdown levels, first waves of lockdown or other months.
- What has been the difference in human activities during weekdays and weekends? Weekend activities are more likely to because of entertainment and cultural reasons.
- What possible human activities remain the most / least affected during the lockdown?
Having answers to these questions on a real-time basis for different Canadian cities would bridge the gap between top-down policymaking and data from the ground.
Below is the snapshot of reduction in human activities in 9 cities during in comparison to pre-lockdown periods and first waves of lockdown (March 2020 – May 2020).