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Journal of Health Monitoring S7/2020

Public Health Journal for Germany. Quelle: RKI

OCTOBER 2020
SPECIAL ISSUE 7

Social inequalities and COVID-19

Special Issue S7/2020 analyses the association between social inequalities and COVID-19, based on COVID-19 surveillance data from Germany and a review of the current international literature.

The first Focus article in this issue uses a scoping review to answer the question if the international research literature provides any indications of socioeconomic inequalities in SARS-CoV-2 infection risk, severe courses of COVID-19 and increased mortality risk, and which social epidemiological patterns have been described so far.

The second Focus article seeks to answer the question as to whether and at what early stages of the epidemic in Germany did socioeconomic inequalities play out in SARS-CoV-2 infection risks and whether changes regarding such an effect occurred over the course of the first months of the COVID-19 epidemic in Germany. Such analyses are suited to monitoring the trends of socioeconomic inequalities in infections and can contribute to identifying further at-risk groups for a SARS-CoV-2 infection and potentially show options for targeted infection protection measures.

Date: 09.10.2020