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Surgo Foundation launches the Africa COVID-19 Community Vulnerability Index

July 13, 2020

Inspired by their U.S.-based COVID-19 Community Vulnerability Index—the Africa CCVI assesses 751 regions in 48 African countries on their ability to handle the social, economic, and health impacts of a COVID-19 outbreak. It is intended to help government leaders, health officials, researchers, planners and others stay one step ahead of the pandemic—by allowing them to drill down locally and design...

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COVID-19 Death Rates Surge Among Already Challenged Communities

May 18, 2020

Using home addresses and death notices, Harvard resaerchers find that as the death rate increased across Massachusetts it surged nearly 40 percent higher in cities and towns with the largest concentrations of people of color compared to those with the least. The mortality rate increased nearly 14 percent more in municipalities with the most crowded housing compared to those with the least. And in cities and towns with the most poverty, the death rate increased 9 percent more than those with the least poverty.

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