The Upstream Lab is in the final stages of a rapid review of the peer-reviewed research about COVID-19 to identify studies that describe social risk factors for infection and disease outcomes. We are also working with a global network of experts to identify recently published studies.
A rapid review is a form of knowledge synthesis that streamlines steps of traditional systematic review to produce interim guidance for decision makers in response to urgent health issues.
Research question: What are the social determinants of SARS-CoV-2 infection incidence and outcomes?
Early reports from the United States, Canada, and the UK indicate that the clinical, social, and economic burdens of COVID-19 are inequitably distributed. These distributions appear to closely follow existing patterns of inequity, with disproportionately high infection and mortality rates reported among racialized (ex. Black, Latino, Indigenous) and low-income communities. It is critical that we develop our understanding of social risk factors to enable more equitable policies and programs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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