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What correlates with COVID deaths rates?

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From interview based on paper by Prof. Christopher Knittel: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

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From interview based on paper by Prof. Christopher Knittel:
  • 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.

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