University of Maryland Study: Less People Are Quarantining

A study from the University of Maryland finds that fewer people are staying home and more are traveling as the COVID-19 pandemic enters its third month.

Researchers examined cell phone data, finding that after more than ten states lifted their stay at home orders, more people across the country decided to stop their quarantine.

Across the nation, the “social distancing index” has dropped, by double digits in some states.

From April 10 to April 24, Delaware saw a 5 percent drop in the number of people staying home. Maryland saw a 3 percent decrease and Virginia saw a 5 percent decrease.

The UMD researchers say the end of stay at home orders isn’t the only reason for the decline in quarantining. They also attribute it to warming weather and growing frustrations or “cabin fever.”