Life Might Not Be Fair but We Can Be FairerF. Amos Bailey, MD Jun 9, 2020
COVID is not fair to anyone but is less fair to many in our society who have the least resources to cope. Those who get really sick and die are more likely to be poor, to live in communities with fewer resources, have less access to health care, and other supports that make up the Social Determinants of Health and are people of color.
When people say, “Life is not fair.” Often, there is judgment, “Just deal.” Or sometimes resignation, “This is just the way things are.” A few people say, “We have to do something to change this, “Life might not be fair, but we can be fairer.”
The Health of our Society depends on.... The Heath of our Individual Citizens. This is our opportunity to exam all the ways our healthcare system has let us down and look for solutions.
In this JAMA article the authors make the case that our Herd Immunity does not just depend on getting the virus and recovering but also addressing the ways are health system inequality means some groups are struggling.
Health Equity—A New Kind of “Herd Immunity” https://ja.ma/2AmJ9Du