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Backstory: We need to get back to life. Safely.

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23.05.2020

I'm USA TODAY editor-in-chief Nicole Carroll, and this is The Backstory, insights into our biggest stories of the week. If you'd like to get The Backstory in your inbox every week, sign up here.

John Diedrich, Daphne Chen, Matt Wynn and Dan Keemahill of the USA TODAY Network analyzed data from millions of cellphones and found "an overall uptick in the number of residents leaving their homes in the hours and days after (restrictions were lifted) and a jump in restaurant and bar visits. But the overall increase statewide was small and is consistent with a trend toward greater movement that started more than a month ago."

The SafeGraph cellphone data is based on the daily recorded movements of more than 16 million cellular devices. The data does not identify device owners. There are caveats to the findings, the reporters noted. Not everyone owns a cellphone, daily fluctuations are possible and weekly averages are better, and while many Wisconsin counties opened, businesses in the state's two largest cities, Milwaukee and Madison, largely remained closed.

Still, the data showed that the quarantine lift didn't lead to a spike in people leaving their homes or a spike in mobility. "Three days after the order, the share of people leaving their homes in Wisconsin grew by 3% compared with the same........

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