What is it about?

In the absence of a vaccine or safe and effective antiviral treatment for COVID-19, nonpharmacological measures are essential for prevention and control of the disease. However, many of these measures are not feasible for millions of individuals who live in territories with increased social vulnerability. The study aims to analyze the spatial distribution of COVID-19 incidence in Brazil’s municipalities (counties) and investigate its association with sociodemographic determinants. The results suggest that social inequality increased the risk of the disease in the municipalities. In addition, increased use of health services was associated with the incidence of COVID-19.

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Why is it important?

The findings of this research reinforced by the methodology employed helped in the global efforts to understand the spatial dynamics of COVID-19, in order to offer tools at a specific geographical level for targeted interventions.


Writing this article was a great pleasure as it has co-authors with whom I have had long standing collaborations.

Carlos Eduardo Raymundo
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

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This page is a summary of: Spatial analysis of COVID-19 incidence and the sociodemographic context in Brazil, PLoS ONE, March 2021, PLOS,
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0247794.
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