COVID-19: The forgotten priorities of the pandemic.

Mesa Vieira, Cristina; Franco, Oscar H.; Gómez Restrepo, Carlos; Abel, Thomas (2020). COVID-19: The forgotten priorities of the pandemic. Maturitas, 136, pp. 38-41. Elsevier 10.1016/j.maturitas.2020.04.004

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The zoonotic virus now named SARS-CoV-2 first infected humans in China, and COVID-19 has rapidly become pandemic. To mitigate its impact on societies, health systems and economies, countries have adopted non-pharmacological preventive practices such as 'spatial' or 'social' distancing, the use of protective masks, and handwashing; these have been widely implemented. However, measures aimed at protecting physical health and healthcare systems have side-effects that might have a big impact on individuals' wellbeing. As the pandemic reaches low- and middle-income countries, weaker health systems, limited resources and the lower socioeconomic status of their populations make halting the pandemic more challenging. In this article, we explore the impact of COVID-19 and its prevention measures on the wellbeing of vulnerable populations. Special attention must be given to homeless, indigenous, migrant and imprisoned populations, as well as people living with disabilities and the elderly. More than just resolute governmental action will be required to overcome the pandemic. Links between science and political actions have to be strengthened. Fighting COVID-19 is a collective endeavour and community action, on a global scale, is of paramount importance.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM)

Graduate School:

Graduate School for Health Sciences (GHS)

UniBE Contributor:

Mesa Vieira, Cristina; Franco Duran, Oscar Horacio and Abel, Thomas

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 360 Social problems & social services

ISSN:

0378-5122

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Andrea Flükiger-Flückiger

Date Deposited:

19 May 2020 18:34

Last Modified:

26 May 2020 12:22

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.maturitas.2020.04.004

PubMed ID:

32386664

Uncontrolled Keywords:

COVID-19 LMIC Social distancing Vulnerable populations Wellbeing

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.144172

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/144172

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