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Covid-19 has laid bare social inequities – now is the time to fix them

2G5MK0K Demonstrators display signs and a banner during a "No Climate, No Deal" march on the White House, in Washington, DC, U.S., June 28, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

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WE ARE far from the end of covid-19, but it isn’t too early to begin to assess the pandemic’s likely long-term effects on society and how we should respond.

Younger people, whose education, career development and opportunities for social interaction in formative years have been most affected, are a natural focus of attention. Our special report on “Generation Covid: What the pandemic means for young people’s futures” comes on the back of an exclusive survey New Scientist conducted with a team at King’s College London. It represents an attempt to marry the best of recent research with some …