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Why the lack of internet impacts more deaths from COVID-19 | Digital Trends Spanish

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A study by the University of Chicago recognized the lack of internet access as a risk factor for COVID-19. The analysis looked at the 3,142 counties that exist in the United States and their mortality rates, that is, deaths per 100,000 inhabitants.

“In all types of communities, places with limited internet access had higher death rates, especially in urban areas,” read the conclusions of the work, which was released by the journal JAMA Network Open.

Depending on the composition of each place, the authors calculated that “for each additional 1% of residents in a county with internet access, between 2.4 and 6 deaths per 100,000 people could be avoided,” he detailed. vox.

Regardless of variables such as socioeconomic status, education, and age, the research clarified that city dwellers who might have access to the internet are at as much or greater risk of dying from COVID-19 than residents of rural areas.

“We think this finding suggests that more awareness is needed. Populations with limited internet access remain understudied and often excluded in pandemic research,” said Qinyun Lin, Susan Paykin, Dylan Halpern, Aresha Martinez-Cardoso, and Marynia Kolak.

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