Paper highlights COVID-19 disparities

by Kalani Simpson, UNMC public relations | July 29, 2020

Image with caption: Sravani Singu

Sravani Singu

Studies show that those with preexisting conditions are most at risk for becoming severely ill when stricken with COVID-19 during the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic.

But who is most likely to have these preexisting conditions?

"Systemic social inequality and discrepancies in socioeconomic status contribute to higher incidence of asthma, CVD (cardiovascular disease), hypertension, CKD (chronic kidney disease) and obesity in segments of the general population," a UNMC team concluded in a recent publication.

In other words, populations that were vulnerable before a pandemic are especially vulnerable during one.

"Pandemics are more of a social problem than a health care problem," the UNMC team wrote in "Impact of Social Determinants of Health on the Emerging COVID-19 Pandemic in the United States," published July 21 in the journal Frontiers in Public Health.

Led by lead author Sravani Singu, a third-year student in the UNMC College of Medicine, the team wrote that the key to fighting an outbreak is to consider the various factors that play a role in the well-being of a nation. Appropriate and timely education, health care, and social services can be effective measures taken to address outbreaks, such as COVID-19.

"It is imperative to respond rapidly and effectively during times of a health emergency. In order to achieve that, it is crucial to be educated about all of the factors that may play a role in health and health care before an outbreak of disease even occurs," the team wrote.

The five social determinants of health (SDOH) -- health and health care, social and community context, neighborhood and built environment, education and economic stability -- are interrelated and play a major role in the COVID-19 pandemic, the team determined. Incorporating SDOH into preventing the spread of disease and to approach patient care in a holistic manner can help minimize unfair differences, both socially and economically.

"When pandemics occur, it is everyone's responsibility to create equal opportunities to stay healthy," said senior author Siddappa Byrareddy, PhD, associate professor of pharmacology and experimental neuroscience in the UNMC College of Medicine.


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Subbarao Cherukuri
August 04, 2020 at 8:14 AM

Excellent Sravani๐Ÿ‘ ..keep going..

Karunakar Kakarla
August 04, 2020 at 7:24 AM

Congrats, humanitarian work

madhusudhan rao pulipati
August 03, 2020 at 10:51 AM

Great job Sravani.

M. Mythili
August 03, 2020 at 1:30 AM

Congratulations Sravani Good

S. S. Ramakrishna
August 02, 2020 at 9:10 PM

The five determinates of health and health care related to Corona virus and it's effects On socio economic situation in USA is presented in a impressive way. Good work by Sravani and deserved for appreciation. With this recognition your responsibility has gone up and expect more and more such presentations for enlighting the society

Anil Tati
August 02, 2020 at 10:45 AM

Excellent Sravani!!. You and your team took a very contemporary subject and did a very comprehensive study which is usefull for such situations in future. We are all proud of you!!!

August 02, 2020 at 9:44 AM

Excellent presentation Best wishes to Sravani From Santhi

Bhaskararao Mikkilineni
August 02, 2020 at 9:38 AM

Very good sravani.. keep going..

Srinivas KNJ
August 02, 2020 at 9:23 AM

Nice work. Congrats and keep going

Ganti R K Sharma
August 02, 2020 at 9:23 AM

The article is a Mirror of all those social determinants(irrespective of regions and continents), that has impact on covid-19. Prof.sharma,veterinary university, Andhra Pradesh, INDIA.

August 01, 2020 at 7:59 AM

Excellent article Sravani , lot of information , great work..Thank you

Rajya Lakshmi
August 01, 2020 at 3:00 AM

Nice work, keep it up.

Venu Bandi
July 31, 2020 at 8:22 AM

Nice work Sravani! Way to go!!

Gangadhar Mundluru
July 31, 2020 at 6:59 AM

Excellent Sravani

Muralidhar Chintapalli
July 30, 2020 at 7:21 PM

Congratulations Sravan, Good work!!!

Kusum K. Kharbanda, PhD
July 30, 2020 at 2:49 PM

Congratulations Sravani and Sid !

July 30, 2020 at 9:37 AM

Wise comment.i appreciate the young student who focused on this pandemic that awaken humans at a critical juncture of civilisation that exposed the weakens es of socoio political... systems..

Rajesh Bapu
July 30, 2020 at 7:42 AM

Good Sravani....well done Rajesh

Venu Potineni
July 29, 2020 at 11:29 PM

Congratulations Sravani!!

July 29, 2020 at 8:35 PM

Great Sravani keep it up

July 29, 2020 at 1:00 PM

Well done keep it up congratulations Sravani this is indira ammama from India ( sushma aunt mother)

July 29, 2020 at 12:42 PM

Congratulations Sravani and thank you for educating us about Covid-19

Madan Mohan
July 29, 2020 at 11:42 AM

Congratulations Sravani ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ, way to go ! Keep up the good work

July 29, 2020 at 11:02 AM

Congratulations Sravani

July 29, 2020 at 10:45 AM

Congratulations Sravani , very good ma๐Ÿ‘

G.K. Kalaivani
July 29, 2020 at 10:42 AM

Super Sravani. Keep it up.

July 29, 2020 at 10:22 AM

Congrats sravani. Well done. Keep it up

Chalapathi Naidu.P
July 29, 2020 at 6:02 AM

Hi Great Sravani.Congratulatins