Inequities as a social determinant of health: Responsibility in paying attention to the poor and vulnerable at risk of COVID-19

  • Salah Eddin Karimi
    Social Determinants of Health Research Center, Health Management and Safety Promotion Research Institute, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran, Islamic Republic of.
  • Sina Ahmadi
    Department of Social Welfare Management, Social Welfare Management Research Center, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran, Islamic Republic of.
  • Neda Soleimanvandi Azar
    Preventive Medicine and Public Health Research Center, Psychosocial Health Research Institute, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran, Islamic Republic of.


To the Editor

In December 2019, in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, a disease of viral origin was identified among people working in or around the seafood and animal market. Covid-19 is a causative agent of acute respiratory syndrome.  Almost 26-36% of patients need special care and about 4-15% of them die. Due to the lack of vaccines and effective treatment, the best way to prevent its spread is to quarantine patients and track their contact with other people in the community, trying to reduce mortality and protect the elderly, the vulnerable and special patients…


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