Social costs of the pandemic will be felt for a decade, says the British Academy | The British Academy
Some interconnected trends highlighted include:
– Low and unstable levels of trust in the national government, undermining the ability to mobilise public behaviour;
– Widening geographic inequalities on measures such as health and wellbeing, local economic risk and resilience, and poverty;
– Worsening social development, relationships and mental health – impacts which will vary according to age, gender, race and ethnicity, and levels of social deprivation;
– Severe strains on the capacity to support local community infrastructure, which has risen in importance during the pandemic;
– Lost – and likely unrecoverable – access to education at all levels, exacerbating existing socio-economic inequality, limiting access to digital skills and technology and impeding progress towards a prosperous, high-skilled economy.