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The Washington Post quoted Vickie Mays, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of health policy and management, about research that pinpoints which neighborhoods of Los Angeles County are most at risk of becoming infected with the coronavirus.
Researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles have developed a neighborhood model to help public health officials prioritize where they should first deploy viable coronavirus vaccines, based on which populations are most vulnerable to infection.
Mapping Los Angeles County by neighborhood, the model identifies four indicators that increase a person’s susceptibility to covid-19: preexisting conditions, barriers to accessing health care, infrastructure characteristics and socioeconomic challenges.
While the model is specific to Los Angeles, the researchers hope that health officials can adapt their community-based approach to other counties as the logistical effort to distribute a potential vaccine moves forward.