publication . Article . 2021

Household Energy Insecurity and COVID-19 Have Independent and Synergistic Health Effects on Vulnerable Populations

Godfred O. Boateng; Laura M. Phipps; Laura E. Smith; Frederick Ato Armah;
Open Access English
  • Published: 21 Jan 2021 Journal: Frontiers in Public Health, volume 8 (issn: 2296-2565, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Frontiers Media S.A.
Abstract
Household energy insecurity (HEINS) is detrimental to the health of the poor and most vulnerable in resource-poor settings. However, this effect amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and the uneven implementation of restrictions can create a synergistic burden of diseases and health risks for the most vulnerable in low- and middle-income countries, exacerbating the health equity gap. Based on existing literature, this paper develops three key arguments: (1) COVID-19 increases the health risks of energy insecurity; (2) HEINS increases the risk of spreading COVID-19; and (3) the co-occurrence of COVID-19 and HEINS will have compounding health effects. These arguments make ...
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free text keywords: COVID-19, energy insecurity, household, health effects, health inequity, vulnerable populations, Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health, Public Health, Perspective, lcsh:Public aspects of medicine, lcsh:RA1-1270, Health equity, Global health, Resource security, Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Business, 2019-20 coronavirus outbreak, Development economics, Vulnerability, Personal protective equipment, Psychological intervention
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