COVID-19 & informal settlements: is 'Stay Home' safe?

Nix, Emily ORCID: 0000-0003-3331-2046, Paulose, Jacob, Lakhanpaul, Monica, Factor-Litvak, Pam, Parikh, Priti, Altamirano-Medina, Hector, Bou Karim, Yasmin, Manikam, Logan and CHIP Consortium
(2022) COVID-19 & informal settlements: is 'Stay Home' safe? UCL open. Environment, 4. e038-e038.

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The disproportional burden of coronavirus (COVID-19) and vulnerability to containment measures in informal settlements have been recognised; however, the role of poor housing conditions in propagating these remains neglected. Poor housing conditions makes it difficult to effectively implement social distancing measures. With increased time spent in cramped, dark and uncomfortable indoor environments, water and sanitation outside the home, and no outdoor space, higher exposure to existing health hazards and high levels of stress, with women and children being most vulnerable, are anticipated. Through this commentary paper, we reflect on these interconnections and recommend immediate measures and the long-term need for adequate housing for health and well-being.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: CHIP Consortium
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences > Institute of Population Health
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2023 10:58
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2023 10:59
DOI: 10.14324/111.444/ucloe.000038
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