As Coronavirus Deepens Inequality, Inequality Worsens Its Spread - The New York Times
The pandemic is widening social and economic divisions that also make the virus deadlier, a self-reinforcing cycle that experts warn could have consequences for years to come.
people at the lower ends of society are about 10 percent likelier to have a chronic health condition.
Such conditions can make the coronavirus up to 10 times as deadly, according to recent data from the Chinese Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Taken together, these two statistics suggest that Covid-19 can be about twice as deadly for those along their society’s lower rungs.
At the same time, people with lower incomes tend to develop chronic health conditions between five and 15 years earlier in life, research finds.
(…) research on chronic health conditions suggests that the threshold may be as low as age 55 for people of lower socioeconomic status.
Those numbers capture only a sliver of the ways that inequality can make the coronavirus deadlier.