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Brian Doucet, Rianne van Melik, and Pierre Filion

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781529218961

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529218961.001.0001

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Is COVID-19 a Housing Disease? Housing, COVID-19 Risk, and COVID-19 Harms in the UK

Is COVID-19 a Housing Disease? Housing, COVID-19 Risk, and COVID-19 Harms in the UK

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(p.19) Two Is COVID-19 a Housing Disease? Housing, COVID-19 Risk, and COVID-19 Harms in the UK
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Volume 2: Housing and Home
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Rebecca Tunstall

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529218961.003.0002

This chapter examines evidence from the UK to assess whether COVID-19 and lockdown harms are housing diseases. It focuses on poor housing conditions, such as overcrowding and its relationship with poor health, in order to analyze the ongoing harms caused by the pandemic and factors that inhibit abilities to contain it. It also looks at issues concerning the shortage of space, lack of bedrooms, and poor-quality housing to mental health, noting that much of the population are staying at home during lockdowns. The chapter explains that COVID-19 is a disease that exposes vulnerabilities in the UK housing system, in both the public sector and the private market. It points out that the UK has had among the highest COVID-19 death rates in the world.

Keywords:   COVID-19, lockdown, overcrowding, poor health, COVID pandemic, poor-quality housing, mental health, UK housing system

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