New federal data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has shown additional data and a clearer picture of how race and the coronavirus are related. Previous studies on the racial inequities have been completed and now the CDC has disclosed its data to provide a more robust picture of the virus and race.
Of coronavirus cases per 10,000 people, 23 are White, 62 are Black and 72 are Latino. Latino and Black residents in the United States are three times as likely to be infected as their white neighbors, data from 1,000 counties shows.
CDC data shows inequities in hospitalizations, death care, and care not only in large cities like New York, but also in smaller areas. In one instance, a coronavirus patient in Grand Rapids, Michigan, shared her story of having the coronavirus. Teresa Bradley, who is Black, caught the coronavirus and told the New York Times that she was in the hospital being wheeled through the emergency room, “Everybody in there was African-American,” she said. “Everybody was.”
In Kansas City, Missouri, where Black and Latino residents make up 16 percent of the population, they make up 40% of the coronavirus cases. Quinton Lucas, mayor of Kansas City told the New York Times, “Systemic racism doesn’t just evidence itself in the criminal justice system. It’s something that we’re seeing taking lives in not just urban America, but rural America, and all types of parts where, frankly, people deserve an equal opportunity to live — to get health care, to get testing, to get tracing.”
While previous data for Black and Latino people has been linked to comorbidities like heart disease or diabetes, Dr. Mary Bassett, the Director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, doesn’t think that tells the whole truth of the disparity. She told the Times that the focus on comorbidities, “makes me angry, because this really is about who still has to leave their home to work, who has to leave a crowded apartment, get on crowded transport, and go to a crowded workplace, and we just haven’t acknowledged that those of us who have the privilege of continuing to work from our homes aren’t facing those risks.”
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