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Stanford researchers find COVID-19 spreads faster in American jails than on cruise ships

A person locking a prison cell
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Sep 24 2020
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The deadly new coronavirus is spreading faster in America’s jails and prisons than it did on the Princess Diamond cruise ship or at the pandemic’s outbreak in Wuhan, China, according to a new study co-authored by Stanford Engineering researchers.

The research, detailed on Sept. 9 in the journal Annals of Epidemiology, is based on day-by-day data from a large urban jail and highlights the health risk that correctional institutions pose during the current crisis – not just to inmates and staff but also to surrounding communities.

The study co-author, Giovanni Malloy, is 2020 Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow.

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