5 things COVID-19 has taught us about inequality

The pandemic has shone a light on existing inequalities. Image: REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Joe Myers

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Divides along income lines persist in the US. Image: Pew Research Center

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Connectivity is key. Image: UN University, calculations from the 2015 European Working Conditions Survey and World Development Indicators data.
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Among those aged 9 to 64 years, the relative gaps between those disabled and not disabled were largest
Age-standardised mortality rates for deaths involving COVID-19, by disability and sex, in those aged 9 to 64 years, England and Wales, 2 March to 15 May 2020. Image: Office for National Statistics
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The challenge faced in Europe. Image: Eurostat
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