A new study suggests there are four places where you’re more likely to get infected with the novel coronavirus compared to other locations.
What’s going on?
The study — published in the journal Nature Tuesday — outlined locations within the 10% of locations that account for 80% of infections.
- This means that 10% of points-of-interest account for more than 90% of cases.
Those locations are:
- Houses of worship
Other “points of interest” that can lead to transmission include:
- Grocery stores.
- Cafes and snack bars.
- Doctor’s offices.
The study said income could play a role, too. Those in low-income areas are more likely to be infected with COVID-19 even when you compare similar circumstances.
- “Our model predicts that one visit to a grocery store is twice more dangerous for a lower-income individual compared to a higher-income individual,” Leskovec said, according to the New York Post.
- “This is because of grocery stores visited by lower-income individuals have on average 60% more people by square foot, and visitors stay there 17% longer.”
“These are places that are smaller, more crowded and people dwell there longer.” — study co-author and Stanford University Professor Jure Leskovec said at a media briefing on the research, according to CNN
The researchers said these locations don’t have to shut down, though. Reducing capacity to 20% could stop transmission by 80%, the study said.
- “Our work highlights that it doesn’t have to be all or nothing,” Leskovec said.
The study analyzed cellphone data from 98 million Americans in 10 major cities, including New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston.