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The Unequal Pandemic: COVID-19 and Health Inequalities

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COVID-19 Webinar Series

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This talk will examine the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for health inequalities. It outlines historical and contemporary evidence of inequalities in pandemics - drawing on international research into the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, the H1N1 outbreak of 2009, and the emerging international estimates of socio-economic, ethnic and geographical inequalities in COVID-19 infection and mortality rates. It then examines how these inequalities in COVID-19 are related to existing inequalities in chronic diseases and the social determinants of health, arguing that we are experiencing a syndemic pandemic. It then explores the potential consequences for health inequalities of the measures implemented internationally as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on the likely unequal health impacts of the economic crisis. The talk concludes by reflecting on the longer term public health policy responses needed to ensure that the COVID-19 pandemic does not increase health inequalities for future generations.

The webinar will be delivered by Clare Bambra, Professor of Public Health, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University and will include a Question and Answer session.

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