People experiencing homelessness and unstable housing situations are at high risk of contracting COVID-19. Most support services in the United States have traditionally been offered in group settings that increase risk of infection, and many people who are homeless in this country are older or have underlying medical conditions that increase risk of severe illness. And the massive loss of livelihoods has placed millions more individuals and families at risk for homelessness.
Medical and public health experts discuss the particular challenges facing those who are homeless, and the programs and policies that are necessary to address these challenges now and going forward.
● Kelly Doran, MD, MHS, an emergency physician and assistant professor in the departments of emergency medicine and population health at NYU Grossman School of Medicine
● Margot Kushel, MD, professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), director of the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations and the UCSF Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative, and practicing general internist at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital
● Pascale Leone, director of diversity, equity, and inclusion at the Corporation for Supportive Housing