Disproportionate Toll is No Coincidence

Black people accounted for 77% of coronavirus hospitalizations in a new study of Louisiana’s largest health system—yet just 31% of the typical patient population, NOLA.com reports.

That’s just one example of COVID-19's disproportionate toll on communities of color. This is no coincidence—it is born of a long line of systemic racism on all levels of society, including medicine past and present, Vox reports

Black bodies have frequently been used misleading and harmful medical studies like the notorious Tuskegee syphilis experiments.

And today, black patients with COVID-19 symptoms are 6X less likely to receive testing or treatment; minority communities have fewer testing sites; federal and local governments have stalled on gathering race-specific data to further highlight these disparities.

With all this against a backdrop of racist violence that has triggered massive crowds at protests in the midst of a pandemic, medical associations are doubling down to address racism as a public health crisis.

See statements from the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Medical Association, and the American Public Health Association.
 

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