Early racial data displays that African Americans are more at risk of the novel virus in comparison to their white counterparts.
What happens to black folks in White America when one of the greatest pandemics in global history hit the country? Well, it turns out that they die at disproportionately higher rates than their white counterparts. In major cities in the United States, black people, it seems, are more likely to die if they contract the novel Coronavirus results. While positive cases and related deaths are soaring across the nation, preliminary data shows that health disparities in our public health system have hit the African American community the worst. Dr. Antony Fauci, the country's leading health expert on the outbreak, claimed this was a "very sad" situation, USA Today reports.
In Michigan, black people account for about 14 percent of the population, but are 35 percent of confirmed Covid-19 cases and 40 percent of the deaths.https://t.co/WueiB9DNK2— Ida Bae Wells (@nhannahjones) April 6, 2020
Most federal officials and state governments are allegedly not keeping track of or releasing racial data regarding Coronavirus patients and deaths. This has raised concerns about the country's most vulnerable racial communities. The lack of data is especially troubling as confirmed cases of the pandemic and deaths caused by it are exponentially increasing in cities with significant black populations, such as in Detroit, New Orleans, and New York City. Civil rights groups, along with Democratic lawmakers and the White House, have therefore requested federal health officials to release the racial data currently available on the number of cases and subsequent deaths.
Black people make up 29% of Chicago’s population, but 70% of the city's coronavirus deaths.— michael (@mcsteamworks) April 6, 2020
Because so many are essential workers. Because so many have comorbidities. Because disease is not a "great equalizer"--it only magnifies existing inequities.
At a White House briefing held on Tuesday this week, both President Donald Trump and Dr. Fauci said African Americans were being hit hard by the deadly virus, proposing thus a "tremendous challenge" for the United States. Indicating that racial data and statistics should be made available later this week, the President affirmed, "We want to find the reason to it." Dr. Fauci added, "So we are very concerned about that. It is very sad. There is nothing we can do about it right now except to give them the best possible care to avoid complications." At present, only a handful of states - namely Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, New Jersey, and North Carolina - have made this data accessible.
New: No, the coronavirus is not an “equalizer.” Black people are being infected and dying at higher rates. Here’s what Milwaukee is doing about it — and why governments need to start releasing data on the race of COVID-19 patients. https://t.co/4tCz44wP1m— ProPublica (@propublica) April 3, 2020
The available information displays that black Americans are dying at an overwhelmingly higher rate than white Americans. For instance, in Illinois, were 12,262 confirmed cases of Coronavirus were reported on Monday. There were 307 deaths. As per data from the state’s Department of Public Health, of the confirmed cases, 29.4 percent were black patients while 27.5 percent were white. Of the deaths, 42 percent were of black patients and 37.1 of them were white. When contrasting these statistics with population demographics, this can paint a picture of how broken the public health system in Illinois is; 15 percent of the state population is black, whereas 77 percent of the population comprises whites.
Please pay attention to the numbers of black folks dying from the corona virus. Medical inequality is alive and well. Access to proper healthcare is a big issue for Black people.— Nancy 🇭🇹 (@nancytaughtyou) April 6, 2020
This disparity exists, sadly, across the board. In Michigan, for example, African Americans account for only 14 percent of the state's population. However, they form 33 percent of Coronavirus cases and 41 percent of deaths caused by it. "This is a critical issue for us that we're raising and we're sounding the alarm," said Hardie Davis, Jr., president of the African American Mayors Association and Mayor of Augusta, Georgia. "Obviously, this is a big disparity and we’re going to try to figure out what that is attributable to and what we can do about that as quickly as possible."
Racism is not a game.— Be A King (@BerniceKing) April 7, 2020
I’m not “playing the race card.”
Blithely responding when people are dying is cruel.#COVID19 is disproportionately infecting Black people because of the longterm effects of systemic, structural racism.https://t.co/gbpTgwYr1P
At present, there is a serious lack of reliable national data. Once this gap has been filled, we can make more accurate assumptions about why African Americans are more at risk when it comes to the pandemic. Already, our public health system is failing black communities. When you throw a quickly-spreading and deadly virus into the mix, you only spell even further trouble.
Senator Harris explaining the health disparities that black people face and that makes them, according to early data, more likely to die from coronavirus. https://t.co/VOmSKh8nzs— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) April 8, 2020
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