The Unequal Pandemic: COVID-19 and Health Inequalities

Clare Bambra, Julia Lynch, Katherine E. Smith

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It has been claimed that we are 'all in it together' and that the COVID-19 virus 'does not discriminate'. This accessible, yet authoritative book dispels this myth of COVID-19 as an 'equal opportunity' disease, by showing how the pandemic is a syndemic of disease and inequality. Drawing on international data and accounts, it argues that the pandemic is unequal in three ways: it has killed unequally, been experienced unequally and will impoverish unequally. These inequalities are a political choice: with governments effectively choosing who lives and who dies, we need to learn from COVID-19 quickly to prevent growing inequality and to reduce health inequalities in the future. COVID-19 is an unequal pandemic.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBristol
Number of pages120
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2021


  • COVID-19
  • health inequalities
  • unequal
  • pandemic


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  • The Richard Titmuss Book Award

    Smith, Kat (Recipient), Bambra, Clare (Recipient) & Lynch, Julia (Recipient), 7 Jul 2022

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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