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    2 Comments for this article
    Where's the association of poverty with infections and deaths?
    Jessica Robbins, PhD | Philadelphia Department of Public Health
    The introduction states that "we examined the association of neighborhood race/ethnicity and poverty with COVID-19 infections and related deaths in urban US counties, hypothesizing disproportionate burdens in counties with a larger percentage of the population belonging to minority racial/ethnic groups and a higher rate of poverty." But the results presented do not include anything about the association of poverty rates with infections or deaths. Poverty is included only as a control and stratification variable. Information about both associations would be useful.
    CONFLICT OF INTEREST: None Reported
    Other study suggesting income as primary risk factor for Covid mortality (rather than Race/Ethnicity per se)
    Steven Auerbach, MD, MPH, FAAP | none
    This is another research analysis suggesting Income as primary risk factor for Covid mortality (rather than Race/Ethnicity per se), which despite not yet being in peer review academic research:
    https://prospect.org/coronavirus/covid-19-class-war-death-rates-income/
    with additional methods and data described here: https://runawayinequality.org/covid-19-death-data/
    CONFLICT OF INTEREST: None Reported
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    Research Letter
    Health Policy
    July 28, 2020

    Assessment of Community-Level Disparities in Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Infections and Deaths in Large US Metropolitan Areas

    Author Affiliations
    • 1Department of Population Health, New York University Grossman School of Medicine
    • 2Department of Medicine, New York University Grossman School of Medicine
    JAMA Netw Open. 2020;3(7):e2016938. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.16938

    Urban counties in large metropolitan areas in the United States are among the most affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, with high proportions of confirmed infection among those who have been tested.1 While there is growing evidence of disparities by race/ethnicity across neighborhoods,2,3 the extent to which neighborhood poverty is associated with infection and deaths is not clear. In this cross-sectional study, we examined the association of neighborhood race/ethnicity and poverty with COVID-19 infections and related deaths in urban US counties, hypothesizing disproportionate burdens in counties with a larger percentage of the population belonging to minority racial/ethnic groups and a higher rate of poverty. This study is among the first to investigate such associations in US metropolitan areas.

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