The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored economic disparities between various ethnic and racial groups in the United States, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School Associate Professor Emilia Simeonova noted in a recent podcast for Bloomberg Businessweek.
The podcast can be heard here, with Simeonova’s segment running from 0:35 to 7:00 on the time counter.
During comments in an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek journalists, Simeonova said data show that Black, Latino, and Native Americans are less likely than White and Asian Americans to have jobs that can be performed remotely and therefore face more risk of exposure to the virus in public.
Simeonova, an economist who studies health-related topics, also observed that a correlation may exist between local vehicle and foot traffic and the number of coronavirus cases. During the initial lockdown period, in areas where many people worked remotely and local traffic decreased, they may have faced less risk of exposure than people who lived in places where remote work was less possible and traffic was not seen to decline.