Health and inequality: the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic

by Jennifer B. Dowd, Xuejie Ding, Evelina T. Akimova and Melinda C. Mills FBA for the British Academy

2020
Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science, University of Oxford
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This report first summarizes current knowledge about inequalities in the burden of COVID-19 infections and mortality in the UK. We then examine economic and labour market changes and the subsequent consequences for health. This is followed by an exploration of the impact of COVID-19 on mental health and inequalities in loneliness and isolation. We conclude with a reflection on potential policies that might help mitigate health inequalities in the short and longer term.

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