What is it about?

To mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, many states issued "shelter-in-place" orders (also called "lockdowns"), advising residents to minimize leaving the house for anything but essential activity. Whether these policies worked depended largely on how people responded. Our work shows that some states had strong compliance with shelter-in-place orders while others didn't. We saw more compliance in states with higher incomes, higher population density, and lower Black resident share. Notably, we found that political affiliation mattered a lot, and areas with higher vote shares for Donald J. Trump were less compliant.

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Why is it important?

It is critical to get policies right when dealing with a pandemic. Our findings suggest that one-size-fits-all policies are unlikely to be the most successful.

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This page is a summary of: Effectiveness of COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders varied by state, PLoS ONE, December 2020, PLOS,
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0245008.
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