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“We are all in this together”. Of course in one way that is perfectly true, but in other ways it is perfectly not true. We look here at some of those groups who are facing the most severe consequences from Covid-19 – who seem to be suffering a disproportionate impact, both in the UK and globally. There are also bound to be serious longer term effects – though they will vary according to what governments do, how the virus took hold and the state of economies.

The virus itself can strike anyone, but the economic and social effects will vary enormously. The health outcomes will also be heavily influenced by existing conditions – health inequalities will mean some people and groups will be more vulnerable to serious health problems. We increasingly understand how particular groups are more likely to suffer the worst health effects from Covid-19 – older people and those with pre-existing conditions.

The economic impact will, however, disproportionally affect low-skilled workers and low-income households, regardless of whether or not they contract the virus. Those people in low paid, casual work who have few savings and may face financial hardship now but could be in danger of losing their jobs permanently are one obvious group. Those in insecure and poor housing, in shared accommodation, or who are homeless, were recognised immediately in the UK as being particularly at risk. Refugees and asylum seekers are especially vulnerable. Clearly this is an enormous and concerning issue which one briefing can only provide a snapshot. We will be covering some of the issues raised in future Covid-19 briefings and blogs, such as the issues around food security and those relating to housing. This briefing covers Women and Covid-19 Welfare and benefits BAME communities and refugees Gypsy and travelling communities Supporting those in poverty Comment

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