LSU Health researchers used ADI (Area Deprivation Index) to study the relationship between poverty and COVID in Louisiana, finding that people in deprived neighborhoods had as much as a 40% increased risk of COVID-19 compared to people in less deprived neighborhoods, in an article published last week.
The research was taken on to find answers about Louisiana’s high per capita rate of COVID this past summer, with highest COVID rates among African Americans.
The authors explain that risk factors “exist not only at the individual or biological level; neighborhood-level factors and their interactions with individual-level factors are also responsible for the observed disparities. Lack of access to health care, unemployment, less education, and poor housing conditions significantly increase the risk of COVID-19 infection.”
The authors hope the study can be “utilized to promote public health preventions measures besides social distancing, wearing a mask while in public and frequent handwashing in vulnerable neighborhoods with greater deprivation.”