Insights into the Mobility Pattern of Australians during COVID-19

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Munawar, Hafiz Suliman, Khan, Sara Imran, Qadir, Zakria, Kiani, Yusra Sajid, Kouzani, Abbas Z. and Mahmud, M. A. Parvez. 2021. "Insights into the Mobility Pattern of Australians during COVID-19." Sustainability. 13 (17), pp. 1-19. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13179611
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Insights into the Mobility Pattern of Australians during COVID-19

ERA Journal ID41498
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsMunawar, Hafiz Suliman, Khan, Sara Imran, Qadir, Zakria, Kiani, Yusra Sajid, Kouzani, Abbas Z. and Mahmud, M. A. Parvez
Journal TitleSustainability
Journal Citation13 (17), pp. 1-19
Article Number9611
Number of Pages19
Year2021
PublisherMDPI AG
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
ISSN2071-1050
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3390/su13179611
Web Address (URL)https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/13/17/9611
Abstract

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease characterised by symptoms that are like the common cold. The current pandemic situation in anticipation of a vaccine has posed serious threats to the health and economic sectors of countries worldwide. To overcome the quick transmission of the virus, the government of Australia has also taken drastic measures to prevent its spread. These policies include an international and interstate travel ban, social distancing rules, lockdown, shutdown of educational institutes and work-from-home policies. Such rules have affected people on both behavioural and psychological levels. This study aims to analyse the effect of COVID-19 on Australian citizens, and therefore, the changed behaviour of citizens concerning their mobility patterns, transport preferences and shopping methods under the pandemic have been studied. A detailed literature search was adopted for gathering data related to the study theme, along with real-time evidence of changes in the behaviour of people following the pandemic. The socioeconomic impact of the pandemic on social inequality and thereby the effect on the vulnerable people of the population are also studied. Authentic surveys and statistical data are consulted to figure out how the new lifestyle choices of people will linger in the post-pandemic era. It was found that people in Australia have adopted the work-from-home regime, and new habits suiting the nationwide restrictions have become routine for many people.

KeywordsAustralia; COVID 19; Economics; Public transport; Shopping pattern; Travel; Unemployment; Work from home
Byline AffiliationsUniversity of New South Wales
Western Sydney University
National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan
Deakin University
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