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How COVID-19 Has Further Exposed Racial Health Disparities

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Pallbearers carry the casket of Evelyn Moore Smith, 68, who died with COVID-19, following a funeral service in Washington, D.C., May 28, 2020.

  On this edition of Your Call, we're speaking with doctors about how the COVID pandemic has disproportionately impacted communities of color. According to The COVID Racial Data Tracker, Black people account for 23 percent of COVID-related deaths, despite making up only 13 percent of the US population.

Many counties are not reporting race and ethnicity data, leaving much of the larger picture unknown. How can we address racial health disparities and systemic racism in healthcare?

Guests:

Dr. Camara Jones, epidemiologist, adjunct associate professor at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, and former president of the American Public Health Association

Dr. Fatima Stanford, fellowship-trained obesity medicine physician scientist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

 

Web Resources: 

 

The COVID Racial Data Tracker

Scientific American: Why Racism, Not Race, Is a Risk Factor for Dying of COVID-19

APM Research Lab: THE COLOR OF CORONAVIRUS: COVID-19 DEATHS BY RACE AND ETHNICITY IN THE U.S. 

STAT News, Meghana Keshavan: ‘The direct result of racism’: Covid-19 lays bare how discrimination drives health disparities among Black people 

Politico: Missing data veils coronavirus damage to minority communities