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Researchers using Google Street View to understand infection rates

Posted at 6:55 AM, Sep 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-22 13:55:26-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A new study is using technology to better understand COVID-19 infection rates and the areas where people are getting sick.

Researchers at the university of Utah are using google street view images to recognize environments contributing to the spread of COVID-19.

They're considering information like single family housing vs. multi-family housing.

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They also looking at access to parks,and the amount of crosswalks and sidewalks where people who are infected could come into contact with others.

Researchers say the study reveals interesting points.

For example, a zip code with more sidewalks has 40% more COVID-19 cases.

But areas with more single-lane roads have a fewer cases.