When we fail to recognise the systematically unequal social forces that drive the spread of disease, it can lead to harm, say Seth Holmes and colleagues
Covid-19 is at once a pandemic caused by an infectious and potentially deadly virus and also a syndemic at the nexus of important biological and social problems. We’ve seen a considerable amount of media coverage focused on how covid-19 exposes the stark inequalities within societies and across the world: we know that your odds of being infected by SARS-CoV-2 and having severe and deadly disease is shaped by social forces. Yet this awareness of the social dimensions of health is not just an important supplement to the core work of medicine. Rather, the covid-19 pandemic reminds us that ignoring social forces can lead us to commit misdiagnosis, mistreatment, and harm.
Read the full piece at The BMJ Opinion.