• Walkability and the COVID-19 pandemic: How compact cities help us combat epidemics

    Author(s):
    Jorge Andrés Delgado-Ron (see profile)
    Date:
    2020
    Subject(s):
    Communicable diseases, City planning, Cities and towns--Study and teaching, Equity, Sustainable development
    Item Type:
    Report
    Tag(s):
    walkability, covid-19, Infectious diseases, Urbanism/urban planning
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/r0af-ev31
    Abstract:
    Cities have witnessed an agglomeration of COVID-19 cases, prompting questions regarding optimal densities and the future of urban and transportation planning. In this document, we explain how cities fight for infectious and non-infectious diseases by (a) reducing contact with vectors, (b) conserving wildlife (reservoir of potential pathogens), (c) promoting physical activity and reducing the risk of morbidity associated with overweight and chronic disease, and (d) reducing greenhouse gas emissions, on of the biggest threats to world health according to the World Health Organization. We outline the importance of city resilience for respiratory outbreaks, implementing physical distancing, barriers, and adequate ventilation. Finally, we explore equity considerations that should be considered in response to an outbreak.
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    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    11 months ago
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    All Rights Reserved
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