Outbreak data are revealing that there are significant disparities in exposure risk, severity of disease, and adverse outcomes for several communities, including senior homes, people of color, low-income communities, factory workers, first responders, and healthcare workers. Any community where physical distancing and “stay at home” may not be possible, and those who are high risk, require a surge in our response and support.
This has multiple benefits. First, and foremost, we have an obligation to protect those most vulnerable and save lives, and a targeted response can more quickly provide support to people with the greatest need. Second, by doing so, we can reduce the overall spread of the disease across the wider population, allowing us to open up other, lower-risk areas of the economy. More precise reporting of disease transmission data by geography and stratified by population demographics is needed to identify what other communities may need additional support.