Covid-19: beyond the epidemiological aspect, there is a social aspect. On September 26, on #Lancet, one of the most prestigious and reliable scientific journals, there was a discussion about a part often overlooked in the various analyzes on Covid-19 (https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(20)32000 -6): is it really a pandemic? We usually take it for granted, but it could be a syndemic (a word unknown to most) in reality. Syndemic is defined by Merril Singer in the 1990s, "A syndemic or synergistic epidemic is the aggregation of two or more concurrent or sequential epidemics or disease clusters in a population with biological interactions, which exacerbate the prognosis and burden of disease."
Covid-19 could be just that. It rarely kills on its own; it does so more often in conjunction with other diseases, ailments, and in any case, overt or hidden health problems. Most of these secondary diseases are, in large part, related to people's social status. Horton, in the #Lancet discussion, adds: "The syndemic nature of the threat we face means that a more nuanced approach is needed if we are to protect the health of our communities. [...] a syndemic approach reveals biological and social interactions that are important for prognosis, treatment, and health policy."
Covid-19 is not just a viral disease; it is the litmus test of social diseases. Italy leaves no one behind, whether you are no-mask or no-vax, health care is public and will treat you, regardless of class. Let's not forget it….