How has Covid impacted different people differently?

Covid-19 has highlighted and exacerbated deep inequalities in our society. It has affected many aspects of our wellbeing – our health, our work, our homes, and the quality of our relationships – in ways that have been felt by some much more than others. 

Insights from the evidence series include:Not having the quantity and quality of relationships that we would want can directly affect our wellbeing, but people that are lonely also share many characteristics also associated with low wellbeing. This includes poor health and being unemployed, and this compounds the negative wellbeing impacts they may have experienced. To ensure recovery activity effectively targets loneliness reduction, evidence identifies three key areas: Invest in supporting relationships.Provide the means and opportunity for people to leave damaging or toxic relationships.Target the most at-risk groups.The social and economic impacts of Covid-19 have had a disproportionate impact on people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. In addition to the increased risk from the virus itself, people from ethnic minorities have been more affected by job losses and associated financial impacts, compounding existing economic inequalities. We know that the amount of income and wealth we have matters for our wellbeing, but it also matters how much we have compared to others. So where the economic gap widens, our wellbeing is affected even more. There is an overlap in risk profiles that could entrench misery. People most at risk of worsening mental health are likely to have a similar profile to those at risk of the physical health impacts from catching the virus and the economic and social impacts from job losses and social distancing measures. These compounding factors exacerbate the wellbeing inequalities already apparent in the UK. A wellbeing based recovery focuses on: Supporting and restoring access to mental health services. Nurturing the positive impacts on mental health that have resulted from changes to our way of life, such as the increase in exercise, sleep and visits to green spaces.Building connective infrastructure.   Read more

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