Experts continue to gather data on the racial inequities of the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, and other experts have spoken out about fact that coronavirus affects the Black community differently than other groups.
In New York City, for a long time the epicenter of the virus in the United States, health data found that Blacks and Latinos were hospitalized at twice the rate of Caucasians. “Everywhere we look, the coronavirus is devastating our communities,” Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, said in a statement.
Research from APM Research Lab found that by the middle of May, Black Americans had died of coronavirus at almost three times the rate of white Americans. As of June 24, 1 in 1,500 Black Americans had died. This compares to 1 in 3,600 white Americans. While Fauci and other experts point to comorbidities including higher blood pressure and heart disease, there is also evidence about less access to testing and treatment for the disease.
In Alabama, Montgomery-area pulmonologist Dr. William Saliski said that comorbidities and socioeconomic factors are at play in cases he’s seen. Dr. Saliski told local station WSFA12 News, “They have limited access to health care. Some of our patients don’t have cars to make it to their physicians. They have either bad insurance or no insurance.”
Apart from independent agency APM Lab, the government hasn’t made any moves to collect data or provide guidance on this issue. Uché Blackstock, an urgent care physician and CEO of Advancing Health Equity, told the Guardian that the federal reaction had been limited, “The disparities are continuing to be reflected in the data, yet we still have a complete lack of guidance from the federal government about how to mitigate these divisions. There is no real plan how to deal with it.”
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