Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci 2020; 24 (18): 9765-9767

DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_202009_23071

Homeless persons and migrants in precarious housing conditions and COVID-19 pandemic: peculiarities and prevention strategies

M. Ralli, C. Cedola, S. Urbano, A. Morrone, L. Ercoli

Department of Sense Organs, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy; and Primary Care Services, Elemosineria Apostolica, Vatican City State. massimo.ralli@uniroma1.it


Homeless persons and migrants in precarious housing conditions are vulnerable populations that have been peculiarly impacted by the Coronavirus Disease 19 (COVID-19) pandemic. These populations are more at risk of contracting COVID-19 as they often find it difficult to adhere to public health directives and, if exposed, may be more susceptible to illness or death due to the higher prevalence of underlying physical and mental comorbidities compared to the general population. In addition, vulnerable populations may have limited access to essential diagnostics and treatments, thus leading to untreated COVID-19 cases and their development into more severe forms. Health, social and government agencies should collaborate to develop services that support these communities, in accordance with the World Health Organization principles. Migrant and homeless centers have a central role, as they provide a significant contribution to prevent infection spread and favor access to early medical treatment to those affected, thus preventing more severe forms of infection.

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M. Ralli, C. Cedola, S. Urbano, A. Morrone, L. Ercoli
Homeless persons and migrants in precarious housing conditions and COVID-19 pandemic: peculiarities and prevention strategies

Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Year: 2020
Vol. 24 - N. 18
Pages: 9765-9767
DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_202009_23071