We propose an index of the adequacy of home environments for protection (HEP) from COVID-19, and we compare our index across developing countries using data for one million sampled households from the latest Demographic and Health Surveys. We find that prevailing WHO recommendations for protection posit unrealistic home environments. Only 10 per cent of households are deemed to have adequate HEP across all the dimensions considered. 60 per cent have a health-care facility within 5km.
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