December 7, 2023

The Contagion Next Time

The Contagion Next Time

December 7, 2023

None of us can be healthy unless all of us are healthy; this is the lesson of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the emphasis made in the book The Contagion Next Time by Sandro Galea. Marginalization, disparate socioeconomic status, and racism are factors underlying health inequality, which are embedded in global systems and ultimately contributed to the health crisis of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Galea writes that the adversity of the pandemic has offered the world an opportunity to re-prioritize the political, economic, and administrative structures that support health. He suggests that the triumph of vaccines in the pandemic revealed our current, medicine-obsessed approach to health, reliant on systems designed to lavish money and focus on building better drugs and treatments while neglecting the socio-economic conditions which shape health. Through reimagining our society by building better housing, a fairer economy, accessible quality education, environmental cleanliness, social, economic, and racial justice, these conditions build a more cohesive and equitable vision for health, resilient to the threats on global health. This book calls for using the ingenuity, ambition, and collective effort that was applied to Covid-19 to reduce health inequality in order to prevent the outcomes of the next pandemic.

Nursing The Future™ acknowledges that nurses across this country live, work and play on the lands of our Indigenous Ancestors and we join our members in expressing respectful gratitude for this privilege.
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