Mobility-Based Contact Exposure Explains the Disparity of Spread of COVID-19 in Urban Neighborhoods

  title={Mobility-Based Contact Exposure Explains the Disparity of Spread of COVID-19 in Urban Neighborhoods},
  author={Rajat Verma and Takahiro Yabe and Satish V. Ukkusuri},
  journal={arXiv: General Economics},
The rapid early spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. was experienced very differently by different socioeconomic groups and business industries. In this study, we study aggregate mobility patterns of New York City and Chicago to identify the relationship between the amount of interpersonal contact between people in urban neighborhoods and the disparity in the growth of positive cases among these groups. We introduce an aggregate Contact Exposure Index (CEI) to measure exposure due to this… 
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