The COVID-19 pandemic is a global health crisis that has had far reaching effects, and these impacts have been felt more severely by certain population groups than others. Population health is an interdisciplinary field of study which seeks to understand how different populations are affected by the spread of disease and their ability to recover from it. In the case of COVID-19, there are several population health issues which have contributed to the severity of its spread and recovery.
What population health issues have affected COVID spread and recovery?
One such issue is socioeconomic status (SES). Those in lower SES brackets are more likely to be uninsured or underinsured, meaning they often lack access to quality healthcare services needed for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Additionally, those living in poverty may find it difficult to follow public health guidelines due to financial constraints; for example, having difficulty affording face masks or being unable to work from home.
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Another factor that affects population health during the pandemic is age. Older individuals tend to be at greater risk for death from complications related