A Syndemic Perspective on the Management of Non-communicable Diseases Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

SOVS Paper of the Week: The effects of a pandemic intensify due to its diverse nexus of intertwined biological and socioecological factors. The health of people living with non-communicable diseases (PLWNCDs) worsens when synergistic epidemics or “syndemics” occur due to the interaction between socioecological and biological factors, resulting in adverse outcomes.

COVID-19 and NCDs have a reciprocal effect on each other; NCDs increase vulnerability to COVID-19, and COVID-19 increases NCD-related risk factors. Therefore, there is a need to understand the drivers of the syndemic and design safety nets. 

For access to the full article, please see here: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2020.00508