Overcrowding and affordability stress

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A person holds a cardboard facade of a house in their hands

Melbourne’s COVID-19 hotspots are also housing crisis hotspots

Over the last decade, Melbourne has seen itself become more spatially segregated. And household overcrowding and precarity are geographically clustered.

Acknowledging correlation is not causation, these findings suggest solving some of Melbourne’s housing problems might reduce the spread of COVID-19 now and in future outbreaks as we await a vaccine.

Successful COVID-19 suppression requires safe and equitable cities and addressing housing vulnerability is one of the many challenges we must take up.

Read more at The Conversation