How black Americans are disproportionately dying from coronavirus - and institutional racism is blocking testing
Report says African Americans account for 70 per cent of Covid-19 deaths in Chicago
Monday - Friday plus breaking news alerts by emailUpdate newsletter preferencesExperts say there are several reasons for this, among them the fact that because of limited access to healthcare, people of colour may have more underlying health problems that make them more vulnerable to the virus.
“No, this does not surprise me,” Aimee Allison, founder of She the People, a group that works to promote the political power of women of colour, toldThe Independent.“Over the last couple of decades we’ve seen conservative forces destroying the social safety net. And it’s meant black communities and brown communities and indigenous communities, have pre-existing conditions that make individuals more susceptible to the worst ravages of Covid-19,” she said.
“Those pre-existing conditions are caused by socio economic factors. You can’t shelter in place if you don’t have shelter.”She added: “It lays bare bones what the underlying problem is, and what the solution is going forward.”Coronavirus: Ten most affected countries around the world
Tyler Moran, director of the Immigration Hub, a group that fights for the right of immigrants, has been campaigning to extend coronavirus testing and treatment to undocumented migrants – something currently not available.“Everyone has pointed out the virus doesn’t know borders, it doesn’t know immigration status. And right now, it’s not only undocumented immigrants who are ineligible for coverage but also many immigrants of lawful status,” she said.
“People of colour are disproportionally not covered. They don’t have healthcare, and they’re disproportionately impacted by the virus and also by the economy and the layoffs. And so, not only are they not eligible for healthcare, but not everyone is eligible for the cash relief.”
Chicago is among several cities with large black populations that are considered hot spots for the coronavirus, including New York, Detroit, Milwaukee and New Orleans.Figures released by Michigan health officials last week showed African Americans, who make up 14 per cent of the state’s population, made up 35 per cent of cases statewide and 40 per cent of deaths.
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