A Covid-19 Diagnosis is Just One Threat to Black People During This Pandemic

In addition to having our worlds suddenly turned upside down from a pandemic, black people in America and around the world are dying at double rates from coronavirus and reminded that racism doesn’t stop during a global health crisis.

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Home Threats

In times like these, the least advantaged is the most harmed, which universally almost always means black people. According to APM Research Lab, Black Americans across the entire country are dying of COVID-19 at a rate of more than twice their population share. “Collectively, they represent 13% of the population in states releasing data, but have suffered 28% of deaths. For each 100,000 Americans (of their respective group), about 26 Blacks have died from COVID-19, a mortality rate of more than double that of Latinos (11), Asians (10) and Whites (9).” Not only are black people not immune, we are dying at rates doubled than every other ethnicity in this country. This isn’t because black people are lacking some type of immunity that fights off the virus. All the reasons Black Americans are dying at absurd rates can almost entirely be linked to the decades of health and socio-economic disparities in America that this country refuses to address.

Racism Abroad

The amount of destruction the coronavirus has caused to the United States has been unimaginable for a first world country. I can’t help but to be concerned for those of us who are not as fortunate to have first world benefits. We don’t know what the impact of Covid-19 will do to many countries, particularly Sub-Saharan Africa who share the same underlying conditions as African Americans, which makes them even more vulnerable to collapse when an outbreak hits. In addition to these conditions, Africa’s healthcare systems are already underfunded and poorly equipped on top of taking into account the high levels of poverty and self employment. The average poverty rate for Sub-Saharan Africa is around 41 percent, with 27 out of the world’s 28 poorest countries located in Sub-Saharan Africa, all with a poverty rate above 30 percent. 74 percent of citizens of Sub-Saharan Africa are self employed with their businesses soon to see a dramatic downfall due to the virus.

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