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Why does ‘wealthy LA’ have a higher infection rate?

Why does ‘wealthy LA’ have a higher infection rate?

The most recent data on confirmed cases of COVID-19 show some alarmingly high rates in some of Los Angeles’s richest enclaves: Bel-AirBeverly Crest and the Hollywood Hills all have infection rates over 100 per 100,000 residents, as of April 1. Hancock Park‘s rate is over 200. Middle and lower income areas such as Huntington ParkSouth Park and Boyle Heights, meanwhile, all had rates under 25 per 100,000.

[See our map of where cases are concentrated in Los Angeles County]

The numbers raise a question that is as much about wealth disparity as it is about health: Does the data show who is infected or who can afford to get tested?

Clusters of wealth, clusters of cases 

Crosstown compared data on the location of confirmed coronavirus cases released by the Los Angeles County Department of Health against population in order to see which areas have the highest rates of infection per 100,000 residents. We built a map to display our findings: many wealthy parts of the county have some of the highest rates. Brentwood and Palos Verdes Estates, for example, both had a rate above 100.

To be sure, there are also many middle and lower-income cities that are suffering as well. Neighborhoods such as West Adams and Valley Village, for example, have high rates above 50 per 100,000, but do not have the super-high incomes of Bel-Air. The densest cluster of cases in the county is the upper middle class Fairfax district, at 724 per 100,000 as of April 1.

The high infection rates in certain wealthy areas offers another piece of evidence to a debate that has raged around how the nation’s health system responded to the outbreak.

“One thing we do know is that there is a lot of selection with who is and isn’t tested, which are driving the numbers we see now,” said Robynn Cox, a professor of social work at the University of Southern California and a fellow at the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics. “The larger numbers in affluent communities may be a result of the ability to pay a higher price to obtain testing.

Who gets tested 

Concern about whether access to testing was skewed toward the wealthy first emerged several weeks ago, when a number of athletes and celebrities revealed they were infected. On March 17, the Brooklyn Nets announced that four players had tested positive at a moment when New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was decrying a critical shortage of tests in the state. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio responded to the news on Twitter, writing, “Tests should not be for the wealthy, but for the sick.”

On March 19, the Lakers announced that two of their players also had the virus.

The Medical Board of California has opened a review of so-called “concierge” doctors around LA who were offering their well-to-do clients access to the test at exorbitant prices, the Los Angeles Times reported.

California in particular has suffered from a severe shortage of tests. As of March 27, New York had tested three times as many people as California, the Associated Press reported, though its population is half the size as the golden state’s.

On March 30, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that, so far, the city had tested 6,741 people for the virus, but he hoped to double that number in four days.

Rationing the kits

As more testing becomes available, some of the initial results, which tilted toward higher rates in wealthier areas, might also flatten out. For the moment, however, the health authorities in Los Angeles have placed strict criteria on who should be tested, rationing the kits first to those who are 65 or older, are showing flu-like symptoms and have been exposed to another person who is confirmed to have COVID-19. 

Katherine Tangalakis-Lippert, a graduate student  of journalism at USC who lives in Simi Valley, first showed symptoms of COVID-19 on March 17. By that point, Tangalakis-Lippert, who has asthma, had a chronic cough and was short of breath. She eventually visited an emergency room on March 29. After she tested negative for strep and pneumonia, doctors swabbed her for COVID-19. Her test results will take a week, however, as a backlog in the state has led to excruciatingly long wait times. In the meantime, she is recuperating at home.

“I honestly don’t know what normal is in this pandemic,” Tangalakis-Lippert said. “In this case, I don’t think it’s good that the waiting period is a week.”

According to Vox’s report of testing by state, 90,657 people had been tested for COVID-19 in California as of March 30. The Los Angeles County of Department of Public Health informed Crosstown that as of March 29, over 15,500 people have been tested in the county alone.


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I think it's dangerous to speculate on why infection rates are higher one place than another without actual data. To say "there is a lot of selection with who is and isn’t tested" "tilted toward higher rates in wealthier areas" without data incites ill will based on both class and race. In Louisiana there is a disproportionate percentage of illness among people of color. Authors have suggested this is because they don't get care. As journalists, perhaps there is an opportunity to report in a manner that helps us pull together as a country rather than splitting us apart.

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Who takes supplements to improve immune systems on a regular basis? How are the housing conditions effecting
different groups of people. How is separateness effecting different groups of people? Some people cannot tolerate being away from their usual friends. What about education and ability to read the news? City groups of teens "hang" together outside and some rich and poor are addicts and want regular contact with their suppliers. There are so many different behaviors among people of all kinds that it is almost impossible, to find a single habit that can be said to increase COVID19. A regular decent healthy diet is extremely important. Affordable and available to all? Regular 6 month medical exams available to all as a part of healthy life style. Who has these and who does not? Who has money problems? Why? Low paying jobs? Spending money on drugs? Not food.

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I live in Orange County. Newport Beach and Laguna Beach have the highest incidence of Covid-19. This article helps me to understand why that would happen. I have years of experience managing my 86 year old mom's health care exclusively in Newport Beach. I compare it with my local healthcare in Santa Ana. In Newport we could not get an appointment with her Endocrinologist of 10 years unless we paid the Concierge Fee. Many of her Doctors give out there samples of free medication saving her prescription costs when she already has double coverage. Medical testing, scheduling appointments, diagnosis and treatment is more readily available with Newport Beach Physicians than Physicians in Santa Ana. The Rehabilitation and Nursing facilities in Newport Beach which are under Medicare are superior to any facility I've visited in Santa Ana, Costa Mesa, Tustin, and Huntington Beach. All that to say there is a disparity between the wealthy and poor. That's the truth. Denying the truth does not help anyone.
I was wondering if the high diagnosis Covid-19 amongst the wealthy of Orange County was due to their ability to travel and do business worldwide. Another thought is perhaps their caregivers and housekeepers exposed them to the virus. Higher rate of testing for the Coronavirus for the wealthy makes the most sense. We need the truth.

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Hm? So much for freedom of speech, your not posting my comment speak volumes! You didn't even defend what I said, didn't email me, to say; are you out of your mind, where's your science Leslie, where's your references? You said alot by saying nothing at all! You simply shut me down, and "stopped" other people from reading my interpretation, from outside perspective, and with independent scientists and Dr's behind it! Why? So much for free thoughts, and your helping others to wonder about a government who spent 6 trillion last year in military alone! They invest far more in "killing mostly innocent people" then they do saving our old people from a killer virus!!!! Laughable it's soooo stupid! I know they also payoff colleges and universities to harbor the lies of the official version, it's called control, and your wayyyyy under it, program the slaves with the official one and only wrong, version stilll taught in school! You guys just think your in control, by stifling other people who don't agree! Sounds like google also controls your "comment department" here when it's not the official version they are told or want to propagate! Why would you think that's okay? Just for funding bribery!

You'll see in the very near future, (if you don't already know) that I am right about what I talked about in my last comment, the one that you clearly judged, either because you have no clue about the truth? or, you actually know it's true? Then you stifled my comment so no one can have an outside opinion, or thought, NO voice! Wow, I didn't even swear, I didn't criticize you, your articles, your publishers, I didn't criticize anyone here, I never threatened anyone, and don't think I was offensive? Except? maybe to those who are the official version of government propaganda! And are threatened by the truth! Your denial doesn't make it not true!

When people who won't GET to look outside the mommy government box, because of those that stifle those people who are trying to warn others, you will start to learn the actual consequences of our government take over, with 5G etc. and what it really is about, a surveillance web of control, on absolutely everything you do, everywhere you go, allll just to control you, the heard! And yes, you are part of that heard! Add facial recognition, on everything you do, just as if your neighbor is stalking you, yet it's okay if it's our governments doing it?

After 5G rolls in, it will be farrrrr too late to do anything about it, and they will not undo it at any cost, it's about the military complex, and controlling the heard, with all those clever many 5G weapons, even though it's the 1% that's completely and psychotically out of control here, right now! Of course these new laws and rules won't apply to them, only allll of us, and you! Then add EMF poisoning to that constant stalking of everything you do, by the millions of toxic antenna, and your new 5g super radiating phone! Antennas will be on everything, from cribs to bicycles, your home, street hydro poles, everywhere, and everywhere! Of course your research department already should know that, right?

Remember this, right now, just by hydro's "smart meter alone" which is an EMF transmitting computer, they know how many times you go to the toilet, how much water you use, the frequency of, when you take a cold shower, they even can watch you have a shower! Think about that? They know how much TV you watch, what you watch, if you watch porn, or cartoons, it's endless what they know by looking in our windows with smart tech! When 5g comes, LOOK OUT, their going to know even more about us, like when you fight with your spouse, pick your nose, where you are in the house, if you have a "cold or VIRUS," cause they will be able to tell your temperature,even though it's meaningless, but technically, they can, if they can see your heart beat through the roof, and when your having sex, then they can take your temperature too! But hey, as long as I'm not doing anything wrong, it's okay, right! NOT!

I do not want my bathroom door wide open to the 5g "smart" system watching me while being private, and you can't shut it off, there is no opting out! Despite your stifling my comments, I will continue to warn people to open their eyes! Just probably won't be by way of a University kind of site, who is made to keep their eyes wide closed by way of funding, and whom is controlled into only teaching, the official version of our planet by a lying government version only, to ignorant people that are brainwashed into thinking only that one way, and the university teachers themselves, are completely stifled into teaching that one version of our world to our children, teaching them nothing but to conform, how to obey, when to go to the bathroom, teaching one version, a government controlled version of! How ifrickinronic is that!

So far, that's not even including the spyware on alllllll smart tech, or, the horrendous military weapons using 5G tech to control us, and more frighteningly, our minds. Consider this? Would you really want your neighbor peering in your windows at night, watching your every move, when you get undressed, having cameras in all your smart appliances, that watch you and your spouse on the couch, or your kids while they get undressed? That same stalker neighbor following you to that private restaurant meeting, or bar, or "wherever" you go for fun???? Why would you want google and the government knowing many-more of these personal things that go on in the so called privacy of your own home! Like watching when you fight with a spouse! Is that not considered a privacy issue? If it were your creepy neighbor it certainly would be! YET! They know every single place you go, just by car tracking alone, let alone your addictive cell phone tracking, video games, Pokemon (tracking) allll tracking devices!

They can disable, shut down, and most horrifically, they can make planes and cars crash at a whim, at the push of a button, from a tiny little transmitter that's on allll planes and new vehicles, PFN/TRAC SYSTEM, in the name of "safety of course" their about the size a quarter! (US Patent Number 6,965.816 Nov.15, 2005)

You'll never know if they killed you this way? If? NO ONE KNOWS THEY EXIST, or to look for them after an accident! Because of stiflement! You should also see the corona-virus Patents the US Government has! Why is that?

They know what, and when you eat, if you throw up after? they know when you go to bed, they know when you have sex, what your into? they know when you go to the liquor store, when you pee, verses when you defecate, what you spend your money on, how bad you eat, THEY ALREADY KNOW TOOOO MUCH! If your young, it's going to be hell, if, that is, if you had any freedom before, the next generation will be brainwashed enough to know no different! Tooooo bad their also being very poisoned by GMO glyphosate in and on everything, including the measles vaccine! Poisoned by our corrupted food system, and EMF! Yeah they care about us alright! And the people who could actually change it, do nothing but stifle it, for their selfish funding, and their fear!!!!

You know? Matrix, the move is a documentary, like the movie Contagion! Ignorance will certainly make it worse for alllll of us! Thanks, if you at least read this comment! Hopefully one person there thinks about it differently now, even just the tracking part! But, you can't look at one thing like tracking, without looking at all the other covid19 and 5G things attached, like EMF, poisonous vaccines, etc. And think our government has our backs, especially based on the history of our psychopathic, sociopath governments behavior and how they continually kill people to control them! Far more then they save! Especially right now they are robbing people blind of the properties they can no longer pay for, how handy, with their banks and wall street, just with covid19 alone! Clever and cruel sociopaths, I'll give them that!

Thanks again for not posting my comments! Google is not your friend, they are making sure you are staying within the official version program by what you see and hear!!! Search outside of google where your privacy is still valued and not sold for later use against you!

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