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Spatial analysis of the origin-destination flow of admissions for severe acute respiratory syndrome by COVID-19 in the Metropolitan Region of Rio de Janeiro

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  • João Roberto Cavalcante 1. Instituto de Medicina Social, Universidade Estadual do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Diego Ricardo Xavier Observatório COVID-19 Fiocruz, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Cleber Vinicius Brito dos Santos 3. Instituto de Medicina Social, Universidade Estadual do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Paula Cristina Pungartnik 4. Instituto de Estudos em Saúde Coletiva, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Raphael Mendonça Guimarães 5. Observatório COVID-19 Fiocruz, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1225-6719

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1590/1980-549720210054

Keywords:

Covid-19, spatial analysis, health management, coronavirus infections

Abstract

This study analyzed the intercity flow of SRAG admissions by COVID-19 in the metropolitan region of Rio de Janeiro. We identified 12,676 inter-municipal hospitalizations for COVID-19 involving the municipality of Rio de Janeiro. Among these admissions, 11,288 (89.0%) were residents of the RM, 87% were residents of other cities in the RM and hospitalized in the MRJ and 13% residents of the MRJ and hospitalized in other municipalities in the RM. There is a negative correlation between the distance between cities and the origin-destination flow (r=0.62, p<0.001). MRJ imports more SRAG admissions by COVID-19 than it exports. This study highlights the importance of care networks for more severe cases that mainly require specialized care.

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Posted

2021-09-02

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Health Sciences