The CVBT Audio & Video Interview: Edward Flores

22 minutes

•  Why are COVID rates so high in the Central Valley?

•  UC Merced professor has an unsettling answer

A new study from the University of California, Merced, finds a link between low-wage work and the spread of COVID-19 in the Central Valley.

The Central Valley is now a focus of efforts to control spread of the often-deadly virus that causes COVID-19. The emergence of the region as a hot spot in the pandemic is explored in a new study from UC Merced’s Community and Labor Center.

Researchers found that California counties with high numbers of low-wage workers are seeing higher incidence of COVID-19, suggesting a link between so-called “worker distress” and spread of the virus.

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