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One of the most disadvantage groups in relation to pandemic crisis are indigenous peoples. Their vulnerabilities are placing them in a particularly sensitive as exposure to the disease appears to be situating them at risk of increased mortality, as well as more severe symptoms Indeed, indigenous groups appear to specially vulnerable, and scholars have raised the alarm over the need to take special mitigating measures with regard to the impact of the pandemic on specific communities. Diverse but often compounding factors appear to be relevant in driving this undesirable outcome for many communities. Biological characteristics appear to play a part, although they are not always the key factor, with socio-economic causes also driving this trend. Elevated rates of transmission are also due to conditions of poverty in which many of these communities are forced to live. Poor housing quality and sanitation, crowding, weaker infrastructures, and other effects of reduced economic security result in a diminished capacity for adaptability when confronted with the social and economic restrictions typically imposed as part of official responses to coronavirus. There is evidence that Covid-19 has had a particularly negative impact in regions predominantly inhabited by indigenous populations, where health systems were fragile and may have collapsed, leaving vulnerable populations in unprecedented state of exposure and risk.

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