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The Unequal Pandemic

COVID-19 and Health Inequalities

By Clare Bambra, Julia Lynch and Katherine E. Smith

Published

1 Jun 2021

Page count

120 pages

ISBN

978-1447361237

Dimensions

203 x 127 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

1 Jun 2021

Page count

120 pages

ISBN

978-1447361244

Dimensions

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    The Unequal Pandemic

    It has been claimed that we are ‘all in it together’ and that the COVID-19 virus ‘does not discriminate’.

    This accessible, yet authoritative book dispels this myth of COVID-19 as an ‘equal opportunity’ disease, by showing how the pandemic is a syndemic of disease and inequality.

    Drawing on international data and accounts, it argues that the pandemic is unequal in three ways: it has killed unequally, been experienced unequally and will impoverish unequally.

    These inequalities are a political choice: with governments effectively choosing who lives and who dies, we need to learn from COVID-19 quickly to prevent growing inequality and to reduce health inequalities in the future.

    COVID-19 is an unequal pandemic.

    “An important compendium of patterns of inequalities from COVID itself, the lockdown and the economic impacts.” James Dunn, McMaster University

    Clare Bambra is Professor of Public Health, Population Health Sciences Institute at Newcastle University.

    Katherine Smith is Professor of Public Health Policy at University of Strathclyde.

    Julia Lynch is Professor of Political Science at University of Pennsylvania.

    Foreword ~ Kate Pickett

    Perfect Storm: Introduction

    Pale Rider: Pandemic Inequalities

    Collateral Damage: Inequalities in the Lockdown

    The Fallout: Inequalities in the Economic Crisis

    Pandemic Politics: Inequality through Public Policy

    Beyond the C Word: Conclusion