Cities at the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic: density matters

SOURCE: HSRC Review
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2020
TITLE AUTHOR(S): I.Turok
KEYWORDS: CITIES, COVID-19, EPICENTRES
DEPARTMENT: Inclusive Economic Development (IED)
Web link: http://www.hsrc.ac.za/en/review/hsrc-review-july-2020/covid19-density-matters
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 11511
HANDLE: 20.500.11910/15399
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/15399

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Abstract

Urban density is an important consideration in the coronavirus pandemic, but knee-jerk reactions by the government, companies and citizens are damaging. The solution is not to reduce density, but to manage it in ways that minimise the risks of viral transmission because density also has major benefits for human well-being and economic prosperity. Doing more to engage and empower citizens, communities and cities would improve the governments response to the pandemic.