Filipa Sá, 08 June 2020

Targeting policy responses to Covid- 19 appropriately is important but requires information such as which groups in society are most affected by the pandemic. This column uses data on Covid-19 infections and mortality for small local areas in England and Wales to study the link of Covid-19 with socioeconomic factors. The findings suggest that areas with larger households, worse levels of self-reported health and a larger fraction of people using public transport have higher infection rates. Areas with an older population, a larger black or Asian population and worse levels of self-reported health have higher mortality rates. Particular attention should hence be paid to reducing the risk of infection on public transport when relaxing lockdown measures.

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