Pandemic on Epidemic
BOHH shares insight of the Pandemic on black communities in America — also educating preparation and safety guidelines.
It has been well known for decades that a pandemic would disproportionately inflict the black communities nationwide. African Americans, across socioeconomic groups and other people of color historically have experienced bias in the health-care system, they have higher rates of chronic diseases such as asthma, heart disease and hypertension. Also are more likely to be uninsured and live in communities that have few or no health-care facilities. BOHH shares insight of the Pandemic on black communities in America, Also educating preparation and safety guidelines.
The Obama administration walked incoming Trump administration officials through a hypothetical scenario– to slow or mitigate the spread of an emerging infectious disease threat and how the U.S. federal government would have to respond. Trump eliminated the pandemic response team and declined the use of the pandemic preparedness playbook. His decision has contributed to the federal government’s sluggish domestic response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Why did he obliterate the entire infrastructure of pandemic response team? Most believe is was his antipathy towards towards Obama. Epidemiologists and infectious-disease experts urged Americans to self-quarantine, cancel social events. The President’s many supporters in the media– and many Governors echoed his smug tone. The disease continued to spread throughout the country, largely undetected.
The Centers for Disease Control and most state health departments have not released information about race and ethnicity of those who have tested positive or died of COVID-19. The government’s lack of publication prevented resources from flowing to the communities most ravaged by the pandemic. The crisis has become more apparent and controversial as states and cities begin to release data showing deaths by race. Data is now”trickling out” by the request from members of Congress, leaders in the black community and outraged Americans.
New York City showed 34% of COVID-19 deaths were Hispanic people, who represent 29% of the city population. Black people represented 28% of COVID-19 deaths and 22% of the city population. In Michigan, where the state’s population is 14% black- African Americans made up 35% of cases and 40% of deaths. Detroit, where a majority of residents are black, has emerged as a hot spot with a high death toll. Louisiana has not published case breakdowns by race, but 40% of the state’s deaths have happened in Orleans Parish. where the majority of residents are black. Illinois and North Carolina are two of the few areas publishing statistics on COVID-19 cases by race and their data shows a disproportionate number of African Americans were infected.
Civil rights groups and hundreds of doctors are calling on the federal government to release race and ethnicity data on infections and deaths from covid-19- citing reports that the pandemic is affecting African Americans at a disproportionate rate. The information is necessary to better inform a robust public health response in the Black community and to ensure COVID-19 tests are not being administered or withheld in a racially discriminatory manner.
Take more precautions
- Stay at Home! Physical distancing is paramount.
- Cover your mouth using inside of elbow when coughing and sneezing.
- Everyone should wear a face cover when they have to go out in public. For example, to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
- Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, or anyone who is unable to remove the mask without assistance.
- Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
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