As COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to mount in New York City, the epicenter of the United States’ outbreak, researchers are uncovering clues about which neighborhoods have been hardest hit by the disease — and which characteristics of those neighborhoods put residents at risk. New analysis by researchers at New York University’s Furman Center, which studies housing, neighborhoods and urban policy, found that strongest neighborhood factors linked to high COVID-19 rates were having a large share of black and Hispanic residents; having a high proportion of overcrowded apartments and having a large share of residents without college degrees. Work is a tradeoff between safety and security for essential employees Staying at home is one of the strongest ways that public health officials have been attempting to get a handle on COVID-19, which has no cure or vaccine and appears to have a higher fatality and infection rate than the seasonal flu. Sheltering in place is easier for some than others, experts say. “Workers with college degrees are far more able to work remotely and therefore more safely shelter in place,” said Ingrid Gould Ellen, a faculty director at the Furman Center, who worked on the new analysis. In addition to

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