Research Insights: Slums and Pandemics: How Did Intra-City Heterogeneity Affect the Dynamics of COVID-19?

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Nov 2023
Disease outbreaks can affect vulnerable people disproportionately, contributing to the increase in health and economic disparities. Social distancing increased less in areas with slums than in other areas after the adoption of non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. NPIs can have heterogenous effects across different groups (slum versus non-slum residents, for example).