- Race was a central factor. ... For example, if you live in a county in which African Americans make up 87% of the population (which is the highest share we found), the COVID-19 mortality rate is 10 times higher than a county with no African Americans (a 0% share).
- Commuting in any form: Our analysis found that a 20.6% increase in public transportation use was linked to a nearly tenfold increase in the mortality rate during this pandemic.
- Working from home: We also find that a higher share of people not working, and thus not commuting either because they are elderly, children or unemployed, is correlated with higher death rates.
- Counties with higher home values, higher summer temperatures, and lower winter temperatures have higher death rates
- ...death rates in the Northeast are substantially higher compared to other states,
- Death rates are also statistically significantly higher in Michigan, Louisiana, Iowa, Indiana, and Colorado. California's death rate is the lowest across all states.
- NO correlation between COVID deaths and: pollution, death rates, obesity rates, ICU beds, or poverty rates.
Thursday, July 16, 2020
What correlates with COVID deaths rates?
From interview based on paper by Prof. Christopher Knittel: