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COVID-19 Articles

Articles on this page address the COVID-19 global health crisis from an array of disciplinary perspectives. These essays explore the pandemic as a political, social, and comparative phenomenon that is likely to redefine public health, health policy, and health care politics for years to come.


Investigating Dimensions of Pandemic Inequity Requires a Multidisciplinary Approach
Sarah E. Gollust and Julia Lynch

How the Trump Administration’s Pandemic Health Care Response Failed Racial Health Equity: Case Studies of Structural Racism and a Call for Equity Mindfulness in Federal Health Policymaking
Sara Rosenbaum, Morgan Handley, Rebecca Morris, and Maria Casoni

Unsanitized and Unfair: How COVID-19 Bailout Funds Refuel Inequity in the U.S. Health Care System
Colleen M. Grogan, Michael K. Gusmano, and Yu-An Lin

State Policy and Mental Health Outcomes under COVID-19
Michael W. Sances and Andrea Louise Campbell

The Treatment of Disability Under Crisis Standards of Care: An Empirical and Normative Analysis of Change Over Time During COVID-19
Ari Ne’eman, Michael Ashley Stein, Zackary D. Berger, and Doron Dorfman

Compounding Racialized Vulnerability: COVID-19 in Prisons, Jails, and Migrant Detention Centers
Matthew G.T. Denney and Ramon Garibaldo Valdez

Americans’ View of the Impact of COVID-19: Perspectives on Racial Impacts and Equity
Katherine Carman, Anita Chandra, Carolyn Miller, Christopher Nelson, and Jhacova Williams

Pandemic Politics: Timing State-Level Social Distancing Responses to COVID-19
Christopher Adolph, Kenya Amano, Bree Bang-Jensen, Nancy Fullman, and John Wilkerson

Introduction to “COVID-19: Politics, Inequalities, and Pandemic”
Jonathan Oberlander

Disaster Preparedness and Social Justice in a Public Health Emergency
Harold A. Pollack

Equitable Pandemic Preparedness and Rapid Response: Lessons from COVID-19 for Pandemic Health Equity
Philip M. Alberti, Paula M. Lantz, and Consuelo H. Wilkins

Racism and the Political Economy of COVID-19: Will We Continue to Resurrect the Past?
Zinzi Bailey and J. Robin Moon

Federalism Complicates the Response to the COVID-19 Health and Economic Crisis: What Can Be Done?
Nicole Huberfeld, Sarah H. Gordon, and David K. Jones

The Emergence of COVID-19 in the U.S.: A Public Health and Political Communication Crisis
Sarah E. Gollust, Rebekah H. Nagler, and Erika Franklin Fowler

Health Equity, Social Policy, and Promoting Recovery from COVID-19
Julia Lynch

Democracy, Capacity, and Coercion in Pandemic Response—COVID 19 in Comparative Political Perspective
Matthew M. Kavanagh and Renu Singh

Understanding the Anemic Global Response to COVID-19
Joshua W. Busby

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