Conceptualising how emerging infectious diseases exacerbate inequalities

There’s a really interesting commentary piece by Prof Clare Bambra in the International Journal for Equity in Health about Pandemic inequalities: emerging infectious diseases and health equity. It discusses how unequal exposure, susceptibility, transmission and treatment all exacerbate and compound health inequalities associated with infectious diseases.

We can see this in the earlier COVID waves in Australia (omicron is playing out differently, at least partly because it’s so transmissible), where cases clustered in regions and communities and often transmitted through workplaces and social networks unequally.

References

Bambra, C. (2022). Pandemic inequalities: emerging infectious diseases and health equity. International Journal for Equity in Health, 21(1), 6. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12939-021-01611-2