The current COVID-19 pandemic is having a negative effect on healthcare systems that goes beyond the infected individual. Some of the containment measures implemented could have serious effects in global health.
The COVID-19 pandemic is causing a severe human and economic impact worldwide; with an expected cost the US $8 trillion through 2030 and it is estimated that the US death toll will rise to 165,000 total reported deaths by August 15, 2020. Similarly, it will not only affect immigrant and refugee populations from a health perspective, but also will have an economic and migratory impact on these populations.
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise worldwide and some states begin to open up from lockdown, communities are forced to start thinking about a new normality and what that represents for various aspects of our daily lives. Just as the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted populations differently, we can expect long term effects to look quite different among underserved communities.