Health Inequalities in Infectious Disease Epidemics Predating COVID-19 in the United States
Kondo, K.K., Ayers, C.K., Williams, B.E., et al. (2020). Health Inequalities in Infectious Disease Epidemics Predating COVID-19 in the United States. Evidence Synthesis Program, Health Services Research and Development Service, Office of Research and Development, Department of Veterans Affairs. VA ESP Project #05-225.
This resource reports results of a “systematic review of infectious disease epidemics predating COVID-19 to better understand the potentially modifiable factors that may have contributed to differential infection rates and health outcomes, as well as the interventions and programs implemented to mitigate them.” The studies reviewed consistently noted that structural and work-related exposure to infection were underlying disparities, while the impact of comorbidities infection severity and higher rates of mortality was less clear.