New CDC data reveals an even clearer picture of COVID-19’s disproportionate toll on Black and Latino people in the US. And that is regardless of where they are and how old they are.  

Contact tracing is considered a linchpin in the fight against COVID-19. To work, it requires a level of trust between communities and authorities that doesn’t exist in the face of systemic racism against Black Americans.   Aggressive police crackdowns against anti-racism…

After at least 13 protest participants tested positive for coronavirus, activists in South Carolina are urging demonstrators to get tested before taking to the streets—and some events have been canceled or moved online while organizers evaluate safety measures, The…

Black Medicare patients with COVID-19 are nearly 4X as likely as whites to end up in a hospital, NPR Shots reports, citing federal billing records data released yesterday.

It doesn’t take many patients to trigger a health care crisis in a poor rural community like Lowndes County, Alabama. It has no hospital and 1 doctor. Enter COVID-19 and an infection rate rivaling that of the New York City’s hardest-hit ZIP Code during its peak.    In…

Race is included in many digital decision-making tools that guide doctors and can lead to reduced access to treatments for Blacks compared with whites, according to a New England Journal of Medicine article published yesterday.

Lawmakers are the latest round of leaders to declare racism a public health emergency.   City councils in Cleveland, Denver, and Indianapolis, plus county officials in California and Maryland have acknowledged the crisis. More are sure to follow.     Why these places?…

Labs went quiet, field research paused, and data collection halted. Thousands of scientists worldwide stopped working yesterday to protest racism in STEM fields and focus on solutions, according to CNBC.

The white upper classes initially brought COVID-19 to Brazil, but now poorer black and mixed-race communities are being particularly hard-hit.   As in the US, research has shown that COVID-19 is deadlier for black Brazilians than for whites, driven by stark health…

Even as COVID-19 cases surge in Latin America and the WHO has dubbed it the pandemic’s new epicenter, countries are beginning to lift social restrictions and reopening, Reuters reports. That’s a deadly mistake, according to scientists.