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Where you’re most likely to catch coronavirus? Religious sites, Hotels, Gyms, Grocery stores: Study finds

More people are going out now than during the initial days of the lockdown where people stepped out only for essentials.

As social interactions of people increase the chances of contracting the infection also increases.

Now according to a new scientific study published in Nature it explains the places where you’re most likely to catch COVID-19.




The study found that a small minority of places where people go frequently account for a large majority of coronavirus infections in big cities.

According to it’s modelling study, reducing the maximum occupancy in places like restaurants, gyms, cafes and hotels can slow the spread of illness substantially.

“Our model predicts that capping points-of-interest at 20% of maximum occupancy can reduce the infections by more than 80%, but we only lose around 40% of the visits when compared to a fully reopening with usual maximum occupancy,” Jure Leskovec, an author of the study wrote.



The researchers used cell phone location data from Safe Graph to model the potential spread of Covid-19 within 10 of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States.

The researchers tracked people’s movements to locations such as restaurants, cafes, grocery stores, gyms and hotels, as well as doctor’s offices and places of worship, while looking at the coronavirus counts in their areas.

“On average across metro areas, full-service restaurants, gyms, hotels, cafes, religious organizations, and limited-service restaurants produced the largest predicted increases in infections when reopened,” said the study.

The model also predicted that people living in neighborhoods with the lowest income, based on Census data, were more likely to have been infected.

The model is a simulation and the data is based on just 10 metropolitan areas in one country, and doesn’t captured other places like prisons, residencies, nursing homes, schools, offices where outbreaks are also common.


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