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Media coverage of elderly deaths throughout the pandemic revealed the deep-seated ageism that exists in the UK. Alrandir/Shutterstock

How COVID-19 exposed the systemic ageism at the heart of Britain

Even though the media exposed the negligence that led to so many elderly deaths, it continues to portray old people as faceless and voiceless, contributing to the insidious spread of ageism.
Two men discover a dead body in the street during the Great Plague of London. 19th-century wood engraving. Herbert Railton/Wellcome Collection

From the great plague to the 1918 flu, history shows that disease outbreaks make inequality worse

Accounts of previous epidemics – by Samuel Pepys, Daniel Defoe and Katherine Porter – warn of mistakes that we risk repeating.

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