COVID's Color Line-- Infectious Disease, Inequity, and Racial Justice   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Document: "The disproportionate effects of the Covid-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic on African Americans, Latinx Americans, and Native Americans is not unforeseen. Inequities in health, health care access, and quality of care are ingrained in the U.S. health care system. These inequities are not a sign of a broken system: in fact, in this sense, the system is operating just as it was built to operate. It promulgates poor health outcomes for Black and Brown people as an ineffable legacy of slavery. In New York City and other major metropolitan areas, Black and Latinx people have substantially higher Covid-19 incidence and age-adjusted death rates than Whites. American Indians and Alaska Natives have the highest age-adjusted hospitalization rates, followed by African Americans and Latinx people. Black people and other minorities who live in poverty, in dense conditions, on the street, or on reservations or who perform 'essential' jobs are at unusual risk for infection."

2020 Massachusetts Medical Society
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New England Journal of Medicine: https://www.nejm.org/
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