Toward an Inclusive Response

It didn’t take long to debunk early claims that COVID-19 pandemic was a “great equalizer,” write Mireille Evagora-Campbell and Zahra Zeinali, researchers at Global Health 50/50.

They point to starkly higher mortality rates for Black people than whites, increased intimate partner violence linked to lockdowns, and the use of the virus as a pretext for violence against LGBT people.

They urge the public health community not to “turn a blind eye,” suggesting an approach rooted in “intersectional analysis to question the assumed neutrality of policymaking.” (Evagora-Campbell explains what that approach would look like in GHN’s Expert Reality Check below.)

The Quote: “These are the very same seas we found ourselves in long before the pandemic. There have always been just as many of us with ill-fitting life jackets, just as many without one, and just as many who haven’t been taught how to swim,” they write.

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