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 COVID-19 is amplifying economic, health, and social inequalities around the world. We bring attention to these inequalities and the ways to possibly mitigate the social impact equitably.

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Evictions Through Zoom Calls

Amid the pandemic, renters are often protected from eviction; but the rules are complicated and vary widely across the country. In some...

Brazil Indigenous Leaders

Indigenous leaders in Brazil claim that the government is failing to protect their communities as the country’s COVID-19 death toll...

Teen Essential Workers

Some teenagers have seen themselves become essential workers during the pandemic, serving as their family breadwinner. Some teens in...

Hero Pay and Essential Workers

Many essential workers were granted a small pay raise, sometimes called "hero pay", during the coronavirus pandemic. However, for many,...

All Industries Affected

From food-service jobs, to hospitality, construction and retail, practically every job sector of the economy has been hard hit by the...

Black American Bus Drivers

The pandemic has only served to exacerbate and reveal already existing disparities in health between white and black Americans. Black...

Lyft and Laying Off Employees

As of April 29, Lyft is set to lay of 17% of its workforce (982 employees) as a cost-saving measure in the context of severe economic...

Colombians Hang Red Flags

Amidst the current pandemic, Colombians have begun to hang red flags from windows and doors as a symbol asking for help. The red flags...

Quarantine in Kenya

Extreme inequities in Nairobi are only more pronounced in the context of the pandemic, when some live in protected, well-equipped...

Women as Essential Workers

About 52% of individuals deemed "essential workers" are women, with fields such as social work and healthcare heavily dominated by women....

COVID-19 global food industry

The global food industry has been hit hard by the economic impacts of COVID-19. Oversupply of milk, for example, has proven to be a...

COVID-19 and Retirement

For many nearing the age of retirement, retirement prospects are up in the air - in a post-coronavirus economy, retiring earlier or later...

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Thank you for your interest in the social impact of COVID-19. For more information, including making contributions, feel free to get in touch and we will get back to you soon!

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This site was created by Diana Grigsby-Toussaint, a social epidemiologist at the Brown University School of Public Health. It brings together colleagues from sociology - Antwan Jones (George Washington University), health geography - Imelda Moise (University of Miami) and education - Sarai Coba-Rodriguez (University of Illinois-Chicago) to examine the social impact of COVID-19.

Madeline Noh, a Brown University undergraduate double majoring in public health and anthropology, is the site manager.

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Health inequalities and the social determinants of health are not a footnote to the determinants of health. They are the main issue.

Sir Michael Marmot

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