Delphine Protopapas, Brooklyn Technical High School (left), Ron Alweiss, Ramaz High School (right)

In the Spring of 2020, COVID-19 pandemic transformed New York City’s hospitals, with as many as 1,673 single-day, new admissions for COVID treatment and many more for testing. Nearly a thousand NYC hospital workers were infected by mid-April 2020. Knowing where these essential workers lived can help increase understanding as to whether they contributed to the transfer of illness back to their communities. This  NYU funded research investigated this topic by employing cellphone footfall data collected during April 2020, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City, and examining it in the context of both COVID-19 infection rates and overall social vulnerability at the census block group (CBG) level. Their visualization provides a strong qualitative representation of COVID-19 community spread between hospitals and highly infected communities of already high social vulnerability. Read more…

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