Popular places before and during the COVID-19: what happens when everyone stays home

APR 01, 2020 AT 02:24 PM

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Supermarkets Across the United States

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It might be surprising to see supermarkets on the list, but fascinatingly enough, it’s one of the most crucial and frequently-visited places to go in the United States.

As we’ve transitioned from isolation of patients, to quarantining air travelers, to going on a full lock-down and self-quarantine in certain cities and countries around the world, we’ve all felt the stress of going to the supermarket. The results of this panic become clear in the “after” picture.

Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China

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Back in January 2020, “The Forbidden City” closed its gates to millions of people until further notice for their own safety and protection from the pandemic. That’s right, according to The Wallstreet Journal, about 19 million people visited the sprawling, majestic landmark in 2019, calculating to over a million people in just one month.