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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
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?