Coronavirus Fact-check weakness In U.S Health Care System

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Coronavirus Fact-check weakness In U.S Health Care System.

African American are dying in greater numbers from COVID-19 across the United States. The country tops the chart with the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths. The death toll is at more than 22k people with more than 500k cases across the country, but reports indicates the death toll breaks down unevenly across racial lines.

According to President Trump:

There’s a real problem and is showing up very Strongly in our data on the African American community, we’re doing everything in our power to address this challenge. It’s a tremendous challenge, it’s terrible, and provide support to African  American citizens of this country who are going through alot but it’s been disproportional, they are getting hit very, very hard Trump added.

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This seems to be a trend in major U.S cities including New York, Detroit, Milwaukee and New Orleans.

According to Voice of America: In Louisiana two-third of the Coronavirus cases are among African American while they only make up a third of the population.

New York city’s 14th congressional district has been called ” the epicentre of the epicentre” where half of the district’s population is Hispanic.

The guardian states that: “it’s a racial justice issue”; Black Americans are dying in greater numbers from COVID-19 because:

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“African Americans is are twice as likely to lack health insurance as compared with their white counterparts and more likely to live in medically underserved areas, where primary care is sparse or expensive.This leads to people at lower income levels to be more susceptible to illnesses making them targets to the coronavirus.

The center for Advancing Health (CFAH) says that: New research into “health care deserts” finds that primary-care physicians are especially hard to find in predominantly Black and/or low-income Hispanic metropolitan neighborhoods. 

The Washington post did analysis of available data and census of demographics and there found that:  In Milwaukee county,  home to Wisconsin’s largest city, African Americans account for about 70 percent of the dead but just 26 percent of the population.

The New York Times report similar numbers: in Illinois 43 percent of the people who have died from the disease and 28 percent of those who have tested positive are African Americans, a group that makes up just 15 percent of the state’s population. African Americans, who account for a third of positive test in Michigan, represent 40 percent of deaths in that state even though there make up 14 percent of the population.

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United States Surgeon general Dr Jerome Adams
U.S Surgeon general Dr Jerome Adams

United States Surgeon general Dr Jerome Adams who is himself an African American told CBS this morning that the number of cases are skewed:

My office long before COVID-19 has been talking about health equity, when you look at being Black in America:

Number one, people unfortunately are more likely to be of low socio-economic status which makes it harder to social distance.

Number two, we know that Blacks are more likely to have diabetes, heart disease, lung disease and I shared myself, personally that I have high blood pressure, that I have heart disease and so  I represent that legacy of growing up poor and Black in America and I and many Black Americans are at higher risk for COVID.

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The Question is: is the data emerging from Coronavirus Cases an indicator of an already unequal health system across the UNITED STATES??

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Why do African Americans have a disproportionate number of deaths from Covid-19 across the US?

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Posted by TRT World on Monday, April 13, 2020

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