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COVID-19 can disproportionately affect those who are already impacted by social, ethnic and gender inequalities. Existing inequalities map onto increased exposure to risk, both in their susceptibility to the disease, the severity of the illness, and in the response to treating them
· COVID-19 is more likely to affect vulnerable groups, and is likely to be more severe in many of those cases.
· Inequalities of access (to treatment and to technology) will further heighten the disproportionate impact of COVID-19.
We must learn from existing evidence and experience, both to identify those exposed to greater risk and to prioritise research and policy solutions to mitigate these effects.
We illustrate this with examples from the work of VOCAL, creating opportunities for people from all walks of life to find out about, and have a voice in, health research in Greater Manchester
For further background information, see how inequalities are affecting the response to covid-19
Professor Arpana Verma is Head of the Division of Population Health, Health Services Research and Primary Care. She is Director of Manchester Urban Collaboration on Health (MUCH) a WHO Collaborating Centre and honorary Consultant in Public Health at Public Health England.
Bella Starling is a Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow and Director of the Public Programmes team at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust. Her career has spanned neuroscience, genetics and stem cell research, science writing, biomedical ethics, public engagement, patient involvement and science policy, as a practitioner, action researcher, strategic adviser and funder. She is passionate about inclusion in, and democratisation of, research; her Fellowship explores how public engagement with research acts as a catalyst for social change