Grappling with chronic pain and poverty during the COVID-19 pandemic
In Canada, systemically and structurally marginalized populations are disproportionately susceptible to both COVID-19 infection and related morbidity and mortality. This includes those living in poverty and with chronic pain. In terms of this pandemic, those most at risk of dying if infected with COVID-19 are those with underlying chronic health conditions, including older people who have higher rates of persistent pain. And those who are poor are many times more likely to have multiple chronic conditions.
In this editorial, the focus is on the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for people with chronic pain, and in particular, those also living with low socioeconomic status (SES).