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Letters Positive effects of covid-19

Positive effects of covid-19 and social determinants of health: all in it together?

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: (Published 03 July 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m2633
  1. Sarah E Hill, senior lecturer1,
  2. Sharon Friel, professor of health equity and director2,
  3. Jeff Collin, professor of global health policy1
  1. 1Global Health Policy Unit, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH8 9LD, UK
  2. 2Menzies Centre for Health Governance, School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia
  1. s.e.hill{at}

We welcome Nelson’s analysis of the potentially positive effects of covid-19,1 particularly in providing an opportunity to reassess priorities. Nelson points out the unanticipated benefits of recent behaviour changes. We think that the real revolution is a re-discovery of the health potential of state intervention.2

Although we applaud governments’ efforts, we note that these have been partial and extremely uneven. Already the virus is disproportionately affecting less privileged groups,34 and containment measures have …

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