What is it about?
Using phylogenetic trees, we were able to recreate how the COVID-19 virus spread across the city, replicated, and mutated, including which areas of New York City transmitted the virus to other locations with greater frequency. We also identified key mutations and tracked their dispersal.
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Why is it important?
We found that the borough of Queens played a significant role of COVID-19 transmission in the early phases of the pandemic due to the relatively higher local circulation of viral lineages. As in many other cities around the world, important commuting activity radiating out of central city areas likely played an important role in disseminating the virus. Essential workers could not stay home and work remotely and they needed to use public transportation.
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This page is a summary of: Dispersal dynamics of SARS-CoV-2 lineages during the first epidemic wave in New York City, PLoS Pathogens, May 2021, PLOS, DOI: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1009571.
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