Overcrowded Housing Connected to Coronavirus Infection

"This is a housing disease."

June 2, 2020, 12:00 PM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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"It has been widely recognised for years that housing is a public health issue," according to the lede of an article by Nathaniel Barker. "Live in poor-quality, cramped, unsuitable accommodation and you are more likely to suffer from a wide range of illnesses, such as cancer and respiratory and cardiovascular diseases."

Writing from the U.K., Barker shares exclusive analysis of recent data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), "showing that poorer areas of the country have significantly higher coronavirus mortality rates."

The analysis, which includes useful infographics to illustrate findings, shows strong correlations between overcrowding and coronavirus mortality rates. John Gray, lead member for housing services at Newham Council, is quoted in the article with a stark realization: "This is a housing disease."

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