This webinar was part of UNESCO GHE’s Global Health & Education Webinar Series.
Historically, pandemics have been experienced unequally with higher rates of infection and mortality among lower educated people, particularly in more socially unequal countries. Emerging evidence suggests that these inequalities are being mirrored today in the COVID-19 pandemic. Both then and now, these inequalities have emerged through the syndemic nature of COVID-19—as it interacts with and exacerbates existing social inequalities in chronic disease and the social determinants of health. In this webinar we asked if education can be seen as a “social vaccine” against fatal outcomes of the pandemic.
The following three questions were addressed:
- Why can education be seen as a “social vaccine” against COVID-19?
- Why is COVID-19 in fact a syndemic pandemic?
- How can the “social vaccine” be implemented in public policies?
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