By Megan Sandel, MD, MPH and Jonathan T. M. Reckford
The message from public health professionals is clear: For the health of your family, and that of your community, the best thing you can do is stay at home.
That guidance is clear, and it will save lives. But it also forces us to ask: What if the home you are using as a refuge from disease is actually making you sicker? That’s long been the case for far too many families in the U.S. and around the world.
As governments and healthcare providers mount a response to the immediate coronavirus crisis, they must also prepare to fight another ongoing pernicious, if more hidden, public health crisis: inadequate, unhealthy and unaffordable housing.