Skip to main content

Notice

We are in the process of rolling out a soft launch of the RDA website, which includes a new member platform. Existing RDA members PLEASE REACTIVATE YOUR ACCOUNT using this link: https://rda-login.wicketcloud.com/users/confirmation. Visitors may encounter functionality issues with group pages, navigation, missing content, broken links, etc. As you explore the new site, please provide your feedback using the UserSnap tool on the bottom right corner of each page. Thank you for your understanding and support as we work through all issues as quickly as possible. Stay updated about upcoming features and functionalities: https://www.rd-alliance.org/rda-web-platform-upcoming-features-and-functionalities/

#129885

Dear all,
In a multi-country medical panel earlier today, I heard a Spanish health researcher
say that Europe created a task force of health experts, to identify specific
actions re vulnerable populations. This task force produced a new “classification”
of vulnerable populations:
a) those who are already considered vulnerable, (and thus more prone to suffer from
COVID), e.g., migrants, or those with low income, stigmatized minorities
and
b) those who are becoming vulnerable ***because of COVID***. and who fall into 5
classes – 1) people suffering from chronic diseases and who cannot be treated as
usual; 2) senior citizens living in retirement homes, 3) health professionals who
will among others suffer from post-traumatic stress, 4) people suffering from mental
health problems (with extremely high incidence of OCD because of isolation), and 5)
those who lost their jobs
These are health-related vulnerabilities, and thus do not apply to our concerns of
sharing data from vulnerable communities/groups/
However, this presentation made me realize that through COVID new kinds of
vulnerability are emerging. Are there any social sciences studies that consider
this? Or just health-related?
Claudia