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COVID-19 and health disparities

Here you will find stories from across the web related to the Coronavirus and the health disparities that are coming to light. If you know of additional related stories, please drop us a line, including the link. 


Fighting inequity in the face of COVID-19

(May 29, American Psychological Assn) "Magnification." That’s the word that surfaces again and again when psychologists who specialize in health inequalities discuss the coronavirus epidemic. The virus and the resulting economic shutdown are exacerbating long-standing inequities in American society, widening economic gaps and health disparities. And the impacts—both physical and psychological—are likely to be long-lasting. Full story

Fed official says COVID-19 pandemic worsens U.S. inequality

(May 29, XINHUANET) "This health crisis has not so much changed things as simply exposed, and in some cases accelerated, trends that were already present in our society," Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia President Patrick Harker said in remarks prepared for a virtual event about reinventing communities. Full story


In Large Texas Cities, Access To Coronavirus Testing May Depend On Where You Live

(May 27, NPR) NPR investigated the location of public testing sites in Texas, one of the first states to reopen, to see how they were distributed between predominantly white and predominantly minority areas. The investigation found that in four out of six of the largest cities in Texas, testing sites are disproportionately located in whiter neighborhoods. Full story


The striking racial divide in how COVID-19 has hit nursing homes

(May 21, The Southern) Homes with a significant number of black and Latino residents have been twice as likely to be hit by the coronavirus as those where the population is overwhelmingly white. Full story


Black Americans dying of Covid-19 at three times the rate of white people

(May 20, The Guardian) New figures from non-partisan APM Research Lab show staggering racial divide in coronavirus death rate across US. Full story


Black people four times as likely to test positive for COVID-19

(May 20, Medical News Today) An analysis of the medical records of people who doctors tested for the new coronavirus suggests that the infection exacerbates existing socioeconomic inequalities. Full story


Top Ohio House Democrat Disappointed by State's Response to COVID-19 in African-American Community

(May 18, 2020, WCPN) The minority leader of the Ohio house, Akron Democrat Emilia Sykes, says the state has not done enough to address the disproportionate affect COVID-19 is having on black Ohioans. Full story


Racial health disparities already existed in America — the coronavirus just exacerbated them

(May 15, CNBC) “When all this is over — and as we’ve said, it will end — we will get over coronavirus, but there will still be health disparities, which we really do need to address in the African American community,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said in an April 7 press briefing. Full story


Black people four times more likely to die from Covid-19, ONS finds

(May 7, The Guardian) ...after taking into account age, measures of self-reported health and disability and other socio-demographic characteristics, black people were still almost twice as likely as white people to die a Covid-19-related death. Full story


Racial Health Disparities and Covid-19 — Caution and Context

(May 6, The New England Journal of Medicine) In early April, Wisconsin and Michigan released data showing stark racial disparities in rates of Covid-19 cases and deaths. In those states, many media outlets noted that the percentages of affected people who were black were more than twice as high as the proportion of blacks in the overall population. Similar disparities have since been reported elsewhere, sometimes along with overrepresentation of additional racial minority groups. Full story


A new study shows just how badly black Americans have been hit by Covid-19

(May 5, Politico) The number of cases and deaths in minority communities compared with white ones is staggering. Full story


COVID-19 has unmasked significant health disparities in the U.S.

(May 4, Science Daily) The COVID-19 pandemic has unmasked longstanding racial and ethnic health-related disparities, according to a new article. The essay notes higher rates of COVID-19 hospitalizations, deaths or positive cases among blacks, Hispanic/LatinX and Native Americans are being reported at local and national levels. Full story


Covid-19 Is Killing Black People Unequally—Don't Be Surprised

(May 2, Wired) The coronavirus pandemic is further exposing a gulf in the health statistics of white and black Americans that has existed for decades. Full story


'A Terrible Price': The Deadly Racial Disparities of Covid-19 in America

(April 29, NY Times ) And so on that late February day, as people stood shoulder to shoulder and several feet deep, hoping to catch a painted coconut, the “throw” that is the Zulu parade’s signature and coveted prize, no one had any idea that this joyous gathering would turn out to be a coronavirus hothouse. Full story


Cleveland Home Visit, Doula Programs Switch to Remote Care Due to COVID-19

(April 28, WCPN) Programs aimed at lowering infant mortality rates often rely on home visits and support personnel who form relationships with pregnant women. But during the pandemic, these services have had to be altered. Full story


Black Women Coping With Stress and Anxiety in the Age of COVID-19

(April 23, Fierce for Black Women) In her 27-year career as a 911 operator and supervisor in New York, Cynthia Perry has been through a lot, including coming to the aid of a broken city in the aftermath of 9/11. “But this,” she says of the COVID-19 pandemic, “this is something I’ll never forget.” Expert advice on calming your nerves and getting through these tough times.


How the pandemic amplified disparities within health care

(April 21, AMA) (video) AMA Chief Experience Officer Todd Unger speaks with AMA Chief Health Equity Officer, Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH,  on updates regarding COVID-19 including health equity as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic and the disease's impact on racially marginalized groups. See video / transcript


Racial Disparities In COVID-19 & Helping Older Adults

(April 20, WCPN) The coronavirus outbreak is taking a disproportionate toll on minority populations across the country...with more than 30 percent of COVID-19 deaths being African American, despite making up only 13 percent of the population. Listen to the discussion


Who's Hit Hardest By COVID-19? Why Obesity, Stress and Race All Matter

(April 18, NPR) As data emerges on the spectrum of symptoms caused by COVID-19, it's clear that people with chronic health conditions are being hit harder. Full story


The Interwoven Threads of Inequality and Health

(April 14, The New Yorker) The coronavirus crisis is revealing the inequities inherent in public health due to societal factors, Nancy Krieger, a professor of social epidemiology, says. Full story


Stop Blaming Black People for Dying of the Coronavirus

(April 14, The Atlantic) "I grew up in the Christian Church, the second son of two ministers. I’m not one for making biblical references about my life, but I can’t say the same about my father." Full story


Cuyahoga County African Americans At Greater Risk In COVID-19 Pandemic

(April 10, Ideastream) The Cuyahoga County Board of Health reported on Friday there is a racial disparity in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 locally. Full story


African-Americans Might be Disproportionately Infected by Coronavirus in Cuyahoga County

(April 10, cleveland.com) Thirty-nine percent of the 1,021 lab-confirmed coronavirus cases in Cuyahoga County are people who identify as black, the Board of Health reported Friday, marking the first time the board has released data about the race of those who have been infected. Full story


Cuyahoga County Health Data Shows Imbalance in coronavirus cases by race compared to demographic breakdown

(April 10, 19News) The county’s medical director, Dr. Heidi Gullett, broke down case information by race and age specifics during Friday’s regular briefing. Full story


Black Americans Face Alarming Rates of Coronavirus Infection in Some States

(April 10, New York Times) Data on race and the coronavirus is too limited to draw sweeping conclusions, experts say, but disparate rates of sickness — and death — have emerged in some places. Full story


COVID-19 Racial Disparities: Lawmakers Call for Action

(April 8, Washington, Nexstar) Some congressional lawmakers say they aren’t surprised by new data showing that African Americans are at greater risk of dying from the coronavirus. Full story


COVID-19 Inequities: A Crisis Within a Crisis

(April 8, AAP) Because crises like COVID-19 create and deepen existing inequities in society, it’s more important than ever that we prioritize equity and make sure we reach the children and families who need us most. Read the letter from the American Academy of Pediatrics President, Sally Goza, MD, FAAP


The Pandemic's Missing Data

(April 7, New York Times) We desperately need to release the statistics on race and ethnicity. Full story


The coronavirus is infecting and killing black Americans at an alarmingly high rate

(April 7, Washington Post) As the novel coronavirus sweeps across the United States, it appears to be infecting and killing black Americans at a disproportionately high rate, according to a Washington Post analysis of early data from jurisdictions across the country. Full story


Health director says better racial data needed in COVID-19 cases

(April 6, cleveland.com) Ohio is working to improve its reporting by race of its coronavirus cases, saying doing so would help public-health officials better understand how the pandemic is affecting different groups of state residents, the state’s top public-health official said Monday. Full story


Early Data Shows African Americans Have Contracted and Died of Coronavirus at an Alarming Rate

(April 3, ProPublica) Very few states have been publishing statistics on COVID-19 cases by race. For those that do, their data reveals a disproportionate number of African Americans were infected. Full story


Prioritizing equity: The experience of physicians of color and COVID-19

(April 3, YouTube) (Video) Zoom video featuring physicians voicing the concerns of physicians and patients with regard to COVID-19 now and the future of medicine, public health, and health care. View video

The Coronavirus Doesn't Discriminate, But U.S. Health Care Showing Familiar Biases

(April 2, NPR) COVID-19 doesn't discriminate. But physicians in public health and on the front lines are already seeing the emergence of familiar patterns of racial and economic bias. Full story


The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Fueling Fear and Hate Across America

(March 30, Center for American Progress) Throughout U.S. history, pandemics and epidemics have bred misinformation, hysteria, and scapegoating, ultimately leading to a surge in racial and ethnic discrimination. Full story


Rumor, Disparity and Distrust: Why Black Americans Face an Uphill Battle Against COVID-19

(March 25, US News) The new coronavirus doesn't discriminate. But physicians in public health and on the front lines say that in the response to the pandemic, they can already see the emergence of familiar patterns of racial and economic bias. Full story


Covid-19: The painful price of ignoring health inequities

(March 18, TheBMJOpinion) Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) provides a painful reminder of why inequities harm all of us. Equity is widely misunderstood as a zero-sum game—i.e. the gain of one individual or group results in the loss to another. Yet, COVID-19 is able to enter and quickly spread because of the social cracks and fissures generated by inequities. Full story


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