The number of corona infections is considerably higher in socio-economically weaker neighborhoods than in other parts of the major cities, RTL Nieuws writes.
Neighborhoods such as Laak in The Hague, Southeast in Amsterdam and Feijenoord in Rotterdam have a relatively high degree of contamination, according to research by RTL Nieuws into 39 neighborhoods in the four major cities. Many poorer, less educated families and migrants live in these parts of the city.
Field epidemiologist Arnold Bosman is not surprised. “You also see in other countries that these kinds of neighborhoods score worse than average.” Money can play a role. “Wearing a mouth mask is an advice, but you have to buy a mouth mask yourself. That costs money and so people choose not to do it. ”
Extraordinary professor of health inequalities Maria van den Muijsenbergh cites another reason for the high number of infections. “We know that many people live in those neighborhoods who have a greater risk of all types of diseases due to unfavorable living conditions. So also on corona. ”
According to the professor, it is not because people in these districts are more careless. “On the contrary. We feel that there is a lot of fear of corona. These people have a much greater chance that a corona infection will be much more serious, because they often already have additional diseases such as obesity or cardiovascular diseases. ”
General practitioner Yolanda Jansen sees in her practice in the Rotterdam district of Feijenoord that people do not always comply with the measures. According to her, this is due to a lack of clarity in the policy and poverty. “Residents don’t have their groceries delivered here. That’s too expensive. So the supermarket is full. And there is often not a car to drive to a test street a long way away. The government does not pay enough attention to this. These people are increasingly left out. ”
Bron (nen): RTL News