About this tool

The tool aims to help people who don’t have a background in public health explore the wider impacts of COVID-19 on health and on society.


We have developed a worksheet with ideas on facilitating a session with young people on Covid-19, the social determinants of health and inequalities.


Please let us know what you think about this tool and how you have used it. We are keen to collaborate with individuals, teams and organisations as this tool develops – please get in touch using the contact form or by emailing sphsu-knowledge@glasgow.ac.uk

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Visit our COVID-19 web hub to find out how our research is supporting the global effort.


This tool was created by Gillian Fergie, Enni Pulkkinen, Gillian BellThu Thuy Phan and Anna Pearce from the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit at the University of Glasgow. They were supported by health researchers from the Unit’s research programmes. Design and development was by Enni Pulkkinen


This tool cannot possibly capture all of the far-reaching consequences and personal experiences of COVID-19. But we hope that it can provide a useful starting point for conversations about how the pandemic may have affected people’s lives, highlighting how the differences in people’s health across the population and between specific population groups are unjust and avoidable.


Since the evidence base is growing and changing constantly, we draw upon a wide range of information sources from peer reviewed research evidence to surveys and opinion pieces. These sources are intended to stimulate discussion and should not necessarily be taken as an endorsement of quality. The tool went live in January 2021 and the content will be reviewed on an ad hoc basis. While we make every effort to ensure that links provided for information throughout the tool are accurate and up to date, we cannot take responsibility for pages maintained by external providers.