Pandemics and the poor

by Ben Oppenheim and Gavin Yamey
Brookings, June 19, 2017

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When epidemics or pandemics hit, they usually hit the poor first and worst. We have known this for a while. What we have not known, until recently, is how best to help the poor protect themselves from pandemics. To understand why the poor are more vulnerable to epidemics and pandemics and what protections are required, we need to consider how outbreaks first start, how they spread, and how they affect individuals and societies.

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