Poverty + Overcrowding = COVID-19 Infection? Not In Vancouver, B.C.

construction site in Vancouver's downtown east side.
Vancouver Urban Decay photo by Xicotencatl is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0
The COVID-19 infection rate in Vancouver's downtown east side has been much lower than expected. Why?

Infectious disease specialists know that poverty and overcrowding as well as chronic health conditions are likely to produce increased numbers of infections in a epidemic or pandemic.

In the case of the COVID-19 pandemic, events have unfolded as expected. These relationships have proved to be true internationally. For those keeping track of COVID-19’s progress, reports from neighbourhoods around the world — and even from individual buildings — have consistently confirmed infection links between poverty, overcrowding and chronic health conditions.

But not always.

There is much that remains to be learned about the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which is causing the current pandemic. Why, for example, have expected high levels of infection in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side not materialized? The area is poor, over-crowded and home to many with other health problems.

What accounts for the unexpected result?  Read more at the CBC: Did COVID-19 skip Vancouver’s poorest neighbourhood? Antibody testing might have the answer