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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 84-87

A Global COVID-19 Pandemic Needs an Integrated Global Response

1 Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, Warneford Hospital, Oxford; Hon. Professor of Psychiatry, Queen Mary University of London, London, England, UK
2 Centre for Global Public Health, Institute of Population Health Sciences, Queen Mary University of London, London, England, UK

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Kamaldeep S Bhui
Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, Warneford Hospital, Oxford, OX3 7JX
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/WSP.WSP_49_20

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The global pandemic caused by coronavirus disease 2019 is challenging health care workers and public health specialists around the world. Most data and policy, including recommendations for controlling the pandemic, measures of lockdown, and strategy to relaxing lockdown, all appear to emerge from the high income countries. We present the situation in the UK, and consider the inequalities globally, calling to attention critical concerns faced by vulnerable groups. Ethnic minorities, migrants, those in care homes, those in mental health services, and health staff from migrant or minority groups are all at higher risk of death and need for intensive care. We call for more comprehensive evidence base to be generated across nations, and for the global health community to be more cognisant of actions and approaches in the Global South, and translating these lessons to develop more sustainable recovery pathways. Learning across geopolitical and economic divides and addressing entrenched social inequalities are critical if we are to recommence international travel and business, and ensure that health protections are enforced globally.

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