Spatial analysis of the COVID-19 pandemic in Bradford

Spatial analysis of the COVID-19 pandemic in Bradford

LIDA Intern: Mr George Breckenridge

Project Partner: Bradford Institute for Health Research (BIHR), Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

BIHR Supervisors: Dr Bo Hou, Dr Brian Kelly

The City of Bradford is a large and ethnically-diverse Metropolitan District in the North of England, with high levels of deprivation and ill health. It has been one of the hardest hit areas of the country throughout the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, in terms of community transmission and strain on medical infrastructure. Faced with an ever-evolving situation, making timely, informed decisions as and when things change is vital for the health of the population.

As part of Bradford’s response to the pandemic, I will be working with the COVID-19 Scientific Advisory Group (CSAG) at the Bradford Institute for Health Research (BIHR) to investigate the local impact of the virus with a focus on spatial analysis. Continuing work initiated by preceding LIDA Data Scientist Intern Harry Tata, we aim to begin by documenting the spatial structure of Bradford’s infections from positive test data, before then conducting longer-term work analysing issues associated with inequalities in the vaccine rollout and inequalities in the residual risks of new outbreaks across multiple social and spatial geographies.

Beyond this the aims of the project aren’t fixed and the course of the research will be responsive to the pandemic’s evolution between April and September 2021. The research findings will be communicated to local public health policy makers to aid services planning.