Here’s why poorer people are less able to stay at home amid Covid-19 pandemic

June 1, 2021

While the COVID-19 restrictions and lockdown have been introduced to obstruct the penetration of the contagious virus, a recent study that tracked data from millions of mobile phone users across the United States found, people living in deprived, less affluent neighbourhoods spent less time indoors during the lockdown.

The study, published in the journal Annals of the American Association of Geographers, adds to growing evidence that low earners are less likely to comply with stay-at-home orders, either because they simply can’t afford to, or because they work in professions in which working from home is not possible.

Sicheng Wang, a recent graduate of the Bloustein School’s Ph.D. program is a co-author of the study.

Hindustan Times, May 28, 2021

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