Higher restaurant spending appears to be linked to a faster spread of the coronavirus, according to a JPMorgan study.
Analyst Jesse Edgerton analyzed data from 30 million Chase credit and debit cardholders and from Johns Hopkins University’s case tracker. He found that increased restaurant spending in a state predicted a rise in new infections there three weeks later.
He also said restaurant spending was the strongest predictor across all categories of card spending.
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