• Sandro Galea

    Sandro Galea is the Robert A. Knox Professor and dean of the BU School of Public Health. He can be reached at sgalea@bu.edu. Follow him on Twitter: @sandrogalea. Profile

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There are 3 comments on POV: The Lessons of One Million Lives Lost to COVID in the US

    1. It’s difficult to think about all the necessary interventions that are needed to even begin and rectify the adverse health effects disadvantaged populations have experienced as a result of socioeconomic factors like income, education, occupation, etc. The opinion piece above does a great job in highlighting the importance these factors have on individual and group health statuses, both as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and also just general as one’s socioeconomic status has had a long history of determining one’s vulnerability to developing health challenges. Now when asking how professionals are meant to address the socioeconomic foundations of health, I believe the answer lies with investing in the social and economic opportunities that transform and create healthy and equitable communities. There should be more emphasis placed on those policies and programs that do increase income, employment, and educational outcomes, as to also increase health behaviors and outcomes as a result.

  1. I agree that the United States failed with handling the Pandemic. It would have been interesting if you had compared our handling of it to another country that you think handled it particularly well, or do you think the whole world failed? I know other countries took the approach of no masks, but a complete two week shut down when cases rose, I wonder if that had a better effect than our approach? I also know that the whole mask and vaccine politics caused all kind of drama here, I wonder how much of the drama created here spilled outside our boarders and made the whole pandemic a lot worse for everyone everywhere. It didn’t help that we had a president calling it a hoax for the whole beginning. Do you think the administration change had any effect on the Pandemic? Because the case numbers are a lot worse under Biden, even though we had the vaccines, and the Biden administration had a much larger push for Covid kindness.

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