Ten months have passed since the first cases of COVID-19 were identified in Wuhan, China. Since the highly infectious and deadly virus was introduced to the world, we have continued to learn more about the virus itself, including its many symptoms, how it varies in severity, and specific populations are more prone to infection—and even death—than others. The government has continued to identify coronavirus hotspots across the country, and trying to figure out what makes the virus thrive in specific communities. This week, they revealed there is one key factor that plays a part: socio-economic standing. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
What Community is Most Prone to the Virus?
According to the new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published on Thursday, lower-income communities—often where non-white people reside—are more likely to become coronavirus hotspots. Study authors also noticed that these areas tended to have a "higher representation of racial and ethnic minority residents."
"Counties with greater social vulnerability were more likely to become areas with rapidly increasing COVID-19 incidence (hotspot counties), especially counties with higher percentages of racial and ethnic minority residents and people living in crowded housing conditions, and in less urban areas," they write. "Hotspot counties with higher social vulnerability had high and increasing incidence after identification."
They also added that "Poverty, crowded housing, and other community attributes associated with social vulnerability increase a community's risk for adverse health outcomes during and following a public health event."
The study focused on data compiled across the country in June and July, focusing on areas where the virus was spreading rampantly. They then look at the Social Vulnerability Index, an index that assesses an area based on factors such as public health—including education and unemployment rates—housing and access to transportation.
The authors noted that "high-density housing structures" were likely responsible for community spread.
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The CDC Offered Recommendations
The CDC recommends "Additional support from federal, state, and local partners is needed for communities with social vulnerabilities and at risk for COVID-19, particularly for persons living in crowded or high-density housing conditions."
"Initiatives to provide temporary housing, food, and medication for COVID-19 patients living in crowded housing units could be considered to permit separation from household members during infectious periods," they added. As for yourself, to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.