UMD study finds COVID-19 is highest in DC’s Black communities and low-income areas

Days after Washington, D.C., issued a stay-at-home order to contain the spread of the coronavirus this summer, University of Maryland architecture professor Ming Hu pored over data about energy efficiency in the city’s localities.

On a whim, Hu decided to place the city’s energy efficiency maps next to its coronavirus case map — and what she found was an unusual link between areas with housing that had low energy efficiency and areas with high instances of the coronavirus.

Read more about JPB Fellow Jennifer Roberts’s research.