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.


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,...

Racism Will Persist

The racial tensions and racial injustices committed against African-Americans in recent times have only served as a reminder of the...

COVID-19 and Music Industry

The music industry was hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. In particular, the lack of live performances was an immense loss....

Translation Challenges

COVID-19 resources and information on the internet only reaches a number of individuals proficient in the more popular and accessible...

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...



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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.


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