The COVID-19 pandemic has brought upon the world many challenges, both for the health and safety of citizens and in the public health system. Along with these challenges, pre-existing inequalities have been exacerbated. Vulnerable populations have struggled during these times not only due to their increased likelihood of pre-existing health conditions, but in finding access to quality care and treatment. Thus, it is important to discuss and examine the outcomes of this pandemic for those most at risk as this is telling to the current state of our healthcare system and what changes should be made. COVID-19 has again revealed the importance of prioritizing access to care for all, particularly communities from low SES, and to rethink the healthcare system, in order to combat health disparities.
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"Lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic on the role of socioeconomic status in health outcomes,"
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