Access to high-speed internet improves COVID-19 outcomes, study finds

Not having high-speed internet could be risky to your health, as Tufts University research shows that people living in counties with high-speed access are less likely to die from COVID-19.

“An important factor here is the quality of information you have access to,” said Bhaskar Chakravorti, a researcher at Tufts University. “Your ability to cross-reference information increases when you have an advanced wired broadband connection.”

Only 76% of the country has broadband access. Even fewer people actually use it.

People with broadband access can use Zoom on their computer and quickly search for information, while people without broadband tend to rely on their phones to communicate.

“If you mostly get information over the phone, you don’t get good vaccine information in my neighborhood,” Chakravorti said. “Is that a CVS nearby?” »

The Biden administration has earmarked $65 billion for internet access, much of it for rural areas.

“Public sector money is important, but I also think the private sector has a role to play here,” Chakravorti said. “What I would ask of our public officials is to go out and form public-private partnerships to close the gap and not try to do all of this on your own.”

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