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SANTOS, José Alcides Figueiredo. COVID-19, fundamental causes, social class and territory. Trab. educ. saúde [online]. 2020, vol.18, n.3, e00280112.  Epub May 29, 2020. ISSN 1981-7746.

The theory of social conditions as fundamental causes of health, in conjunction with the notions of social class and territory, is used in reflections about the trajectory and distribution of the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country. It starts with theoretical syntheses, approaches and evidences from the author’s works on health inequality in Brazil. It is understood that the ‘social environment’, of a relational and structured nature, affects the spread and distribution of the disease among the groups. Class differences in circumstances of work, location and housing are mentioned. Regarding social differences in the risk of fatal outcome of the disease, the previous distribution of adverse conditions and differences in the way health institutions process people are considered. As proposed by the theory, inequalities in resources, information, dispositions and capacity would be affecting the social distribution of the effects of the pandemic in Brazil.

Keywords : COVID-19; inequality in health; social class; territory; fundamental causes.

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