COVID-19 risk linked to these 11 socio-demographic and environmental factors

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According to a new study published in the International Journal for Health Equity.

The study — led by researchers at Providence, based in Renton, Wash. — looked at data from more than 34,503 COVID-19 tests in the Providence health system between February 28 and April 27. The researchers used anonymized EMR data as well as publicly available data. data from sources such as the CDC and the US Census Bureau to study sociodemographic and environmental variables.

The study found that the increased risk of COVID-19 infection is linked to 11 sociodemographic and environmental factors, including older age, male gender, Asian race, black race, Latino ethnicity and whether not to speak English. COVID-19 risks were also associated with residing in a neighborhood with financial insecurity, poor air quality, housing insecurity, transportation insecurity, and living in communities of older adults.

“Our research findings continue to highlight the hard work ahead of us, not only in the fight against COVID-19, but in reducing health inequities in our country,” said Rhonda Medows, MD. , president of population health management in Providence, in a press release. “Health care goes beyond the walls of a hospital. It is intertwined with housing, transportation, primary language, politics, racial bias and access to care, which highlights the importance of working within the communities around us to help stop the spread of the virus.”

Read the full study here.

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