N’dea Yancey-Bragg, USA TODAY Published 1:24 p.m. ET April 27, 2020 | Updated 3:46 p.m. ET April 27, 2020CLOSE Social distancing matters. Here is how to do it and how it can help curb the COVID-19 pandemic. USA TODAYResearchers have found Americans are venturing out of their homes more for the first time since social distancing guidelines were put in place in mid-March, despite warnings from experts strongly encouraging people to practice social distancing.Led by Lei Zhang, director of the Maryland Transportation Institute at the University of Maryland, researchers have been tracking smartphone data to determine how well more than 100 million people are complying with stay-at-home orders. For six weeks, the percentage of people who were staying at home – meaning their phones moved less than a mile each day – increased or stayed the same.On Easter Sunday, the number of people staying home reached a record high, Zhang told USA TODAY. But on April 14, one day before thousands protested quarantine measures at Michigan’s Capitol, that number started to drop.After “almost two weeks, it has been consistently dropping across the country,” Zhang said. “Now for many states the level of their social distancing right now is about the same as the week of March 20th.”Zhang’s team developed a social distancing


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