When we talk about COVID19 and health disparities, we must also talk about the Social Determinants of Health. The Social Determinants of Health are the conditions under which people are born, grow, live, work, and age. The factors that strongly influence a person’s health include access to medical care, access to healthy foods, of which there are many food deserts and food insecurity in low-income and minority areas, environment, which can include access to clean water and clean air, socioeconomic status (SES), employment, and social support networks.
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