10) Life on the margins: help homeless people better protect themselves

People who are homeless face a particular risk from Covid-19, according to experts. They have poorer health in general, including pre-existing conditions that have weakened their immune systems.
Jon Sparkes, chief executive of the charity Crisis, has urged the government to introduce testing and emergency housing for homeless people during the pandemic. “Let’s not forget that the average age of death of someone who is homeless is 45, substantially lower than the general population,” he said. “Given the obvious vulnerability, the only answer can be to provide housing that allows people to self-isolate.”
Until this arrives, there are actions we can take as individuals to help. One is to donate high quality, antibacterial hand sanitiser, as people who sleep on the streets are likely to be unable to wash their…



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