The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted businesses to lend a helping hand, including a new startup — Urban Footprint. The urban planning tool helps answer questions like "Which neighborhoods will have a hard time accessing groceries while under lockdown?" and "Which hospitals are closest to lots of seniors?"
This information is especially important as the virus will not be affecting every American equally. Factors like urban design and work from home options will vary from neighborhood to neighborhood and affect the impact of the virus. By understanding which neighborhoods are most vulnerable, nonprofits and governments will have a better gauge on which areas to send help to first.
As noted by Joe DiStefano, CEO and co-founder of Urban Footprint: “There are subsets of our population that don’t have automobiles and don’t have other ways to access essential services. So when the California governor gets up and says, ‘Hey, we’re going to use the National Guard to deploy food,’ where do you deploy that? Where do you have weakness in your system? I think those are the things that our system can readily do today.”
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