The COVID-19 pandemic has uprooted the lives of people everywhere. We have all had to adapt to a world of wearing masks, physically distancing, and lining up outside of grocery stores - but for many, these changes were a last concern. COVID-19’s impact extends far beyond newly imposed public health guidelines to reduce transmission of the virus. For structurally vulnerable folx, the pandemic’s profound economic and social impact has been devastating. It is critical for researchers to centre those at the heart of the pandemic’s grave economic and social fallout in their work. Our COVID-19 campaign aims to highlight the regressive and harmful impact of the pandemic on low-income, BIPOC, disabled, neurodiverse, LGBTQ2S+ folx, and individuals in situations of domestic violence. We also call attention to the limitations and exclusions of existing research in these areas. Throughout your reading, we hope that you learn, think and reflect on the research and people discussed in these pages.
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While public health guidelines and mandates have been an important part of mitigating the spread of COVID-19, they have failed to consider the groups for which “staying home” isn’t a safe and/or viable option. This section explores the impact of COVID-19 and the consequent public health guidelines on individuals experiencing houselessness and individuals experiencing
COVID-19 has significantly impacted the healthcare landscape, from the redeployment of healthcare practitioners to the frontline of the pandemic to the closure of clinics and postponement of non-emergent surgeries. This section explores barriers in accessing healthcare faced by survivors of domestic violence and the increase in, and lack of support for, the number of individuals struggling with their mental health at a time when mental wellbeing
is compromised for many.
COVID-19 has resulted in severe economic fallout, which has led to a significant increase in unemployment and unpaid labour. With the resurgence of traditional gender roles, the increased burden on those operating within the care economy has forced many out of the workforce. The pandemic has also impacted areas of work where structurally vulnerable folx are overrepresented and increased the precariousness of non-traditional labour markets. This section explores COVID’s impact on unemployment rates, unpaid care work, sex work, frontline workers and celebrates leaders in the COVID-response.