Quantitative analysis reveals unequal impact of COVID-19

Neil Sheth, a graduate student in the Interdisciplinary Scientist Training Program, examined the unequal impact of COVID-19 on different communities within large cities.  “A quantitative analysis reveals that the Covid-19 pandemic has had a greater impact on [Chicago and New York] communities with a lower Human Development Index," which is a composite of income, education and life expectancy at birth for a community, explained Sheth. Sheth's research mentor is Dr. Luis Bettencourt, Profossor of Ecology and Evolution and Director of the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation. Their findings were featured on ABC-7 and in several national news outlets. You can read more about their analysis here.

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