Analysis: Social & Health Impacts of Coronavirus

Here are three contrasting articles from the King’s Fund website, looking at health and social impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic in the UK.

Covid-19: review of disparities in risks and outcomes: This is a descriptive review of data on disparities in the risk and outcomes from Covid-19. This review presents findings based on surveillance data available to Public Health England at the time of its publication, including through linkage to broader health datasets. It confirms that the impact of Covid-19 has replicated existing health inequalities and, in some cases, has increased them. These results improve our understanding of the pandemic and will help in formulating the future public health response to it. Report

The Health Foundation Covid-19 survey: This report contains polling data from Ipsos MORI that reveals the UK public’s awareness of and attitudes towards the planned smartphone app. It warns that the government’s delayed contact-tracing app has the potential to exacerbate existing health inequalities, leaving some people at greater risk of Covid-19 than others: Report

Loneliness, social isolation and Covid-19: practical advice: The Local Government Association, together with the Association of Directors of Public Health, have produced this guide for directors of public health and others leading the response to the loneliness and social isolation issues arising from the Covid-19 pandemic: Guidance