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Positive Tests Higher In Poorer Neighborhoods Despite Six Times More Testing In Higher-Income Neighborhoods, Researcher Says

April 7, 2020

Usama Bilal, MD, PhD, an assistant professor in the Dornsife School of Public Health, was quoted in multiple stories about poorer neighborhoods in Philadelphia being hit harder by the coronavirus than higher income neighborhoods.

Bilal's research found that in neighborhoods with a higher number of unemployed or uninsured people, there was less testing. Per capita, zip codes with a lower proportion of minorities and higher incomes, there were a higher number of tests.

He started his study on April 1 using data from the Department of Public Health. 

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