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Gig Workers Face More Risks than Most During Pandemic

UNC sociologist Alexandrea Ravenelle is interviewing 200 precarious workers — gig platform workers, creative freelancers, and essential low-wage workers in drugstores and grocery stores — to uncover how the pandemic is impacting their lives now and, ultimately, in the long term.

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Mobile Data Reveals Social Distancing Easier for Healthy and Wealthy

In a recent study, UNC epidemiologist Nabarun Dasgupta analyzed location data from 65 million mobile devices to understand the public health impact of social distancing at a county level across the United States.

Inequality Amplifies African Americansʼ COVID-19 Risk

Inequality Amplifies African Americans’ COVID-19 Risk

Recent data shows that minorities are more at risk for contracting COVID-19 and experiencing poor health outcomes. To understand this, Kia Caldwell — a professor in the Department of African, African American, and Diaspora studies — explores how racial disparities, social determinants of health, and health policy determine pandemic outcomes.

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Broadband Providers Adjust as Internet Use Spikes Under COVID-19

From mid-February to early April, as U.S. jobs and schooling moved online, daily internet usage per household increased by 31 percent. UNC economics professor Jonathan Williams studies how providers have handled this flux and how different demographics have adapted to these education and work transitions.