The Great Equalizer? Not So Much.

COVID-19 is disproportionately infecting and killing African Americans—but that information is emerging from places like Milwaukee, Wisconsin and not the CDC.
Available data offer a stark snapshot of what the national breakdown might look like. The CDC hasn't released COVID-19 data by race nor has it confirmed it is collecting it. 

Milwaukee County is 26% black, yet 81% of its 27 COVID-19 deaths are African Americans. In Michigan—14% black—that figure is 40% as of Friday.
The disparity mirrors long-embedded inequities in health outcomes. In Milwaukee, the life expectancy of black people is 14 years shorter than for whites, on average.

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Jay Dee
April 8, 2020

Is Milwaukee county also documenting the victims with diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and other health issues? How are the comparisons of whites and blacks with these conditions. Is there also any accounting for economic conditions which could be a direct contributor to health and wellness?

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