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Who Is the Parasite?—COVID-19 and Structural Narratives of Health Inequity

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to exacerbate systemic inequities drawn along racial and socioeconomic lines,1 we may turn to the arts as a means of escape—or as a point of entry. Parasite, the 2019 social thriller from South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon Ho and winner of Best Picture at the 92nd Academy Awards, provides a unique study of class-based inequities, viewing wealth and poverty through a topographical lens.

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Article Information

Corresponding Author: Nina Y. Hu, MD, Department of Emergency Medicine, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, 622 W 168th St, VC2-260, New York, NY 10032 (nyh2108@cumc.columbia.edu).

Published Online: December 21, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.21450

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.

Additional Contributions: I thank Sayantani DasGupta, MD (Columbia University) for her guidance and support of this article.

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