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Oral health inequalities and the COVID-19 pandemic: time for action

Tsakos, G; (2022) Oral health inequalities and the COVID-19 pandemic: time for action. Community Dental Health , 39 (3) pp. 156-157. 10.1922/CDH_Sept22TsakosEditorial02. Green open access

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Abstract

Over the last years, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced a major public health crisis globally that societies have struggled to address irrespective of the approach followed. The different aspects of the crisis and how it has been handled from the point of view of social epidemiology, do not offer a positive reading. One key "message" has been that we are "all in it together". This implies a socially neutral phenomenon, yet there is clear evidence of stark socioeconomic and ethnic inequalities with disproportionate burden of the pandemic among the more deprived groups in the society (Marmot, 2020). And this has taken place in the background of already well-established health inequalities that have further increased over the last decade (Marmot et al., 2020). At the same time, addressing inequalities has been a central piece of government and societal health policy objectives.

Type: Article
Title: Oral health inequalities and the COVID-19 pandemic: time for action
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1922/CDH_Sept22TsakosEditorial02
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1922/CDH_Sept22TsakosEditoria...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Animals, COVID-19, Health Status Disparities, Humans, Marmota, Pandemics, Socioeconomic Factors
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Epidemiology and Public Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10165874
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