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March 08 | Daily COVID-19 LST Report

· Mapping inequality in SARS-CoV-2 households shows disproportionate exposure and transmission risk for people of color and those living in poverty. Health policy experts from Stanford University in California mapped inequalities in transmission and household COVID-19 exposure risk in the United States using a publicly available dataset. They found 5.6% of the population live in high-risk households; 76% of members of these households are people of color and 58% live below 200% of the poverty line. Given these structural inequities in COVID-19 risk, authors suggest public health campaigns (testing, vaccination etc.) should focus on such households and policies facilitating prevention measures (i.e. paid time off, temporary housing for quarantine) must be implemented.

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