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Jail cycling exceeded race, poverty, public transport use and population density as predictor of variance.

Jail Cycling Is Significant Predictor of SARS-CoV-2 Infection

MONDAY, June 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Jail cycling is a significant predictor of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection, according to a report published online June 4 in Health Affairs.

Eric Reinhart, from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Daniel Chen, Ph.D., J.D., from the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris, used data from Cook County Jail in Chicago to examine the correlation between jailing practices and community infections at the zip-code level. The authors sought to assess how arrest and pretrial detention practices may be contributing to SARS-CoV-2 disease spread.

The researchers found that a significant predictor of SARS-CoV-2 infection was jail cycling, which accounted for 55 and 37 percent of the variance in case rates cross zip codes in Chicago and Illinois, respectively. As a predictor of variance, jail cycling far exceeded race, poverty, public transport utilization, and population density. Based on these data, cycling through Cook County Jail was associated with 15.7 and 15.9 percent of all documented COVID-19 cases in Illinois and Chicago, respectively, as of April 19, 2020.

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