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Intersectionality and Public Health: Exploring the Disproportionate Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Nicole Tjahyadi ,

Melbourne Microfinance Initiative, AU
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Sepehr Tahmasebi,

MelAU
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Meghana Jonnalagadda,

Melbourne Microfinance Initiative, AU
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Thanh Nguyen,

Melbourne Microfinance Initiative, AU
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Olivia Yin

Melbourne Microfinance Initiative, AU
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Abstract

While it is indisputable that the COVID pandemic has significantly affected the global population, the burden of its impact has been shouldered disproportionately by certain sections. In an effort to gain a greater insight into how and why vulnerability to the virus and its devastating consequences varies across society, this article adopts an intersectional lens to analyze the pandemic. Accordingly, a discussion on the relationship between social factors (such as gender, income and location) and global outcomes (such as wealth distribution, health and food security) in the context of the pandemic is presented. Ultimately, this article posits that far from being the “Great Equalizer”, the COVID pandemic has exacerbated existing, deep-rooted social inequalities. The significant implications for policy that this has is outlined.
How to Cite: Tjahyadi, N., Tahmasebi, S., Jonnalagadda, M., Nguyen, T. and Yin, O., 2022. Intersectionality and Public Health: Exploring the Disproportionate Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic. LSE International Development Review, 2(2).
Published on 20 Apr 2022.
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