A Study, Not Just Speculation, Links Poverty In Maryland To COVID Infection

Black students are prominently featured among a group of high school graduates in caps and gowns.
High School Graduation Day in Upper Marlboro, county seat of St. George's County, Maryland. St. George's is one of the most affluent Black counties in America, and yet . . .

A constant theme of pandemic reporting worldwide has been the greater number of COVID-19 cases in poorer neighbourhoods, compared to those which may be close by, but at least seem to be more effectively surviving the pandemic.1

While there is no end of speculation about the reasons for a link between poverty and COVID-19, there has as yet been little careful study to ratify or disprove some of that speculation.

Fortunately, St. George’s County in Maryland, USA has been able to shine some meaningful light on the subject by accidentally approaching the problem the other way round.

Concerned about poverty and ill health in St. George’s, the county had commissioned a study long before COVID-19. Then, with the advent of COVID-19, St. George’s was soon reporting the highest numbers of coronavirus infection in the state.

The publication of the report, produced by the RAND Corporation, details an array of the factors which have undoubtedly led to the vulnerability of this county, underprivileged in many ways, to the predation of this deadly coronavirus. Download a remarkably user-friendly pdf file: Assessing Health and Human Services Needs to Support an Integrated Health in All Policies Plan for Prince George’s County, Maryland

Footnotes

  1. Lockdown is just one consequence of this pattern. Here’s a recent story from the United Kingdom: Poorest areas of England four times as likely to face lockdown as richest