A study by the Instituto Hospital del Mar de Investigaciones Médicas (IMIM) and the Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Atención Primaria (IDIAPJGol) has found that Districts of the city of Barcelona with the lowest incomes were the most affected by the first wave of the coronavirus.
“The district with the lowest income, that of Nou Barris, registered 2.5 times more incidence of Covid-19 cases than the one with the highest income, Sarrià-Sant Gervasi,” the IMIM explained in a statement this Monday.
The results come from the analysis of 9,000 cases and their comparison with the average income by districts and, as explained by the main researcher, Dr. Maria Grau, they show that “the efforts to contain the epidemic cannot ignore the problems of equity in matters of Health”.
The relationship between Covid-19 affectation and income could already begin to emerge at the end of April thanks to data from the Barcelona Public Health Agency (ASPB), the only institution in Spain that at that time had published information where these two variables are linked.
This public body accessed the data by census section and developed a monitoring tool where the relationship between income and incidence was observed. In this sense, the manager of the ASPB and doctor specializing in preventive medicine and public health Carme Borrell explained that they were already working with the hypothesis that both age and income are decisive factors that determine the incidence.
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