Like most other aspects of health care, social determinants of health play a role in the COVID-19 pandemic. In the United States, testing strategies do not reflect the level of infection in poor communities, according to Richard Marlink, director of Rutgers Global Health Institute. Access to testing was inequitable and clustering in the rich zip codes, he says. Marlink and other experts cite many low-paid workers’ inability to work from home or avoid public transportation and their often inadequate health benefits as reasons for disparate outcomes. To read the full article.
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