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The Contagion Next Time$
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Sandro Galea

Print publication date: 2022

Print ISBN-13: 9780197576427

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780197576427.001.0001

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Where We Live, Work, and Play

Where We Live, Work, and Play

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(p.81) 5 Where We Live, Work, and Play
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The Contagion Next Time
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Sandro Galea

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197576427.003.0005

This chapter focuses on place, which is one of the key factors that determines whether or not we can live a healthy life, for the simple fact that place is a ubiquitous exposure. It first provides an overview of the link between place and health, before looking at the physical spaces where we live and work, our communities and transportation networks, and the condition of our global home. COVID-19 showed that for all the segregation in our society, for all the difference between high- and low-income neighborhoods, for all the variety of spaces we navigate, there is really only one place to truly speak of—the world we share. The story of place and health is ultimately the story how we can support the long-term sustainability of our planet. Just as it is not enough to have nice homes if they are situated in dangerous neighborhoods, it is not enough to make our communities more conducive to health if we neglect the broader environmental challenges that shape the health of our fragile, indispensable world. This means, centrally, mitigating the effects of climate change by designing healthier, more sustainable cities.

Keywords:   physical spaces, health, communities, transportation networks, COVID-19, neighborhoods, sustainability, environmental challenges, climate change, sustainable cities

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