The study’s authors argue that this frequent travel between cities and family homes may have exacerbated the “silent” spread of the novel coronavirus. Young people working and socializing in urban areas interact with large crowds, where they may pick up the disease and take it home. If they have no symptoms, they’ll have no clue that they’re infecting their elders, the most vulnerable population.
Large numbers of Parisians rushed to railway stations or got in their cars on Tuesday morning to beat the noon lockdown deadline. “I’m not staying cooped up in a 50m2 flat with two children under 12 when we’ve got a family home with a garden and wifi 90 minutes’ drive away,” said Marc Becker, 49.