The impact of COVID-19 on different population subgroups: ethnic, gender and age-related disadvantage

Katikireddi, V. , Hainey, K. and Beale, S. (2021) The impact of COVID-19 on different population subgroups: ethnic, gender and age-related disadvantage. Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 51(S1), S40-S46. (doi: 10.4997/JRCPE.2021.240) (PMID:34185037)

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Abstract

Against a background of stalling UK life expectancy, the COVID-19 pandemic is a major crisis for public health with impacts differing markedly by ethnicity, gender, and age. Direct health impacts include mortality and long-term harms among survivors. Social disruption and lockdown measures arising from uncontrolled infection have destabilised healthcare and other essential services. The economic crisis resulting from the pandemic is already triggering job losses, which will in turn have their own adverse health effects. These myriad impacts of the pandemic are not affecting everyone equally. Ethnic minorities, men and older people have disproportionately suffered from COVID-19, including their risk of mortality. However, some indirect impacts – including those on mental health and employment – are more likely to affect women and younger people. The health consequences of the pandemic will affect the lives of people in the UK for decades.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hainey, Dr Kirsten and Katikireddi, Professor Vittal
Authors: Katikireddi, V., Hainey, K., and Beale, S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Journal Name:Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Publisher:Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
ISSN:1478-2715
ISSN (Online):2042-8189
Published Online:01 June 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh 2021
First Published:First published in Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh 51(S1): S40-S46
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons licence

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
Inequalities in healthMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_UU_00022/2HW - MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit
Chief Scientist Office (CSO)SPHSU13
172690Understanding the impacts of welfare policy on health: A novel data linkage studySrinivasa KatikireddiOffice of the Chief Scientific Adviser (CSO)SCAF/15/02HW - Public Health