A healthy population is one of any nation’s most important assets. Good health supports positive social and economic outcomes for the individual and for society.

The UK entered the pandemic with life expectancy stalling for the first time in a century and falling for some. Following the 2008 financial crisis, public services had been eroded and the underlying economy and social fabric frayed. 

The pandemic and response to it have further exposed the inequalities in our society. In October 2020, the Health Foundation launched a time-limited UK-wide inquiry to consider:

  • how people’s experience of the pandemic was influenced by their health and existing inequalities
  • the likely impact of actions taken in response to the pandemic on people’s health and health inequalities – now and in the future. 

In July 2021, we published our findings report, Unequal pandemic, fairer recovery.

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COVID-19 impact inquiry evidence library

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A collaborative resource to showcase submissions from the inquiry's Call for evidence.  

What did the inquiry do?

The inquiry gathered evidence from a wide range of sources to consider how experiences of the pandemic were influenced by people’s existing health conditions and inequalities in health. Findings highlight implications for government decision making in recovery and the investment needed to ensure everyone can enjoy the same opportunity for good health and wellbeing. 

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Research report

Unequal pandemic, fairer recovery

July 2021
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A comprehensive review of the factors that affected the UK’s devastating COVID-19 death toll.

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Webinar: A healthy recovery – Acting on findings from the COVID-19 impact inquiry

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In this webinar, our panel discussed how to understand and act upon the findings on the Health...

Reports

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Build Back Fairer: The COVID-19 Marmot Review

December 2020
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A new report by the Institute of Health Equity, commissioned by the Health Foundation as part of its...

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Digital exclusion and health inequalities

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Supported by the Health Foundation, this briefing paper provides an overview of digital exclusion...

Blogs

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Will an uptake in digital health services have implications on health inequalities?

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Emma Stone, director of design, research and communications at the Good Things Foundation, writes...

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Five key findings from our COVID-19 impact inquiry

29 July 2021
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We summarise key insights from the COVID-19 impact inquiry report. 

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An investment in people is an investment in health

6 July 2021
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The COVID-19 impact inquiry shows the extent of the pandemic’s unequal repercussions, writes Jo...

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How are generation COVID-19 experiencing the pandemic?

27 May 2021
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The COVID-19 impact inquiry team round up emerging evidence of how the pandemic has affected young...

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The unequal mental health toll of the pandemic

28 April 2021
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The pandemic has taught us the importance of putting lived experience expertise at the heart of...

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What might long COVID mean for the nation’s health?

1 April 2021
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The COVID-19 impact inquiry team summarise emerging evidence on the effects of long COVID for...

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Emerging evidence on health inequalities and COVID-19: March 2021

8 March 2021
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The COVID-19 impact inquiry team look at emerging evidence of the pandemic's impact on women and key...

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The forgotten crisis: exploring the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on disabled people

21 February 2021
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What has the COVID-19 pandemic meant for disabled people, and how can we build back fairer? Liz...

Infographics

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Fairer foundations: How has the pandemic affected young people’s mental health?

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This infographic highlights the unequal mental health effects of the pandemic among young...

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What does the pandemic mean for health and health inequalities?

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This infographic highlights areas of focus for the COVID-19 impact inquiry and some of the questions...

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The same pandemic, unequal impacts

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This infographic explores how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting some groups in the UK more than...

Videos

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Watch: Experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic

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Three people from across the UK share their experiences of the pandemic

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RCP Player: Let's talk about... the COVID-19 impact inquiry

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Dame Clare Moriarty and Dr Mehrunisha Suleman introduce the COVID-19 impact inquiry and share some...

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Watch: Why do we need the COVID-19 impact inquiry?

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Members of our expert advisory panel for the COVID-19 impact inquiry share why they think this work...

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Launch event: COVID-19 impact inquiry

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The Health Foundation has launched the COVID-19 impact inquiry, a UK-wide inquiry exploring the...

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