Omicron 'blaming' shows persistence of racism in healthcare -advocate

Omicron 'blaming' shows persistence of racism in healthcare -advocate

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Omicron 'blaming' shows persistence of racism in healthcare -advocate

The persistence of racism is evident once again with the 'blaming and shaming' of African nations for the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, health advocate Dr. Joia Crear-Perry said on Wednesday.

Donna Bryson2 minute readJoia Adele Crear-Perry, MD, founder and president of the National Birth Equity Collaborative testifies during a hybrid hearing from the House Oversight and Reform Committee titled, "Birthing While Black: Examining America's Black Maternal Health Crisis" on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 6, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis/File Photo

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Register now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.comRegisterDec 1 (Reuters) - The persistence of racism is evident once again with the "blaming and shaming" of African nations for theOmicron variantof the coronavirus, health advocate Dr. Joia Crear-Perry said on Wednesday.

Speaking at a Reuters Next panel on racial disparities in Black maternal healthcare, Crear-Perry said the medical profession in the United States needed to stop resorting to racist tropes and start truth-telling."Even if you look at the latest blaming and shaming that's happening around the latest Omicron variant you see the same history, the same racist trope of blaming certain places, assuming white nations and nations that have majority-white populations are going to need to be protected from places who are not," she said.

Register now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.comRegister"That's the same legacy and history that shows up in health and same legacy and history that we have to have truth-telling around in order for us to stop that behavior of blaming and shaming and harming people."

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More than 50 countries have reportedlyto guard against Omicron, many of them banning travelers from southern African countries.Inas reports of the Omicron variant spread, the World Health Organization (WHO) said: "Blanket travel bans will not prevent the international spread, and they place a heavy burden on lives and livelihoods."

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First confirmed US case of Omicron coronavirus variant detected in CaliforniaThe US' first confirmed case of the Omicron coronavirus variant has been identified in California. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, said the case was an individual who traveled from South Africa. “The person was fully vaccinated and is experiencing 'mild symptoms, which are improving at this point,' Fauci said.”

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Why scientists — and much of the world — reacted so quickly to the omicron variantThese early signs made omicron different from previous Covid variants, experts say. Get vaccinated, wear a mask, social distance and go about your business safely. Why? B/c THERE'S just NO GETTING AROUND IT. It's up to all of us to choose to come together to stop the spread to end the pandemic. Sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do. Just do right. Shut up already it's being overblown. What a shame the US has abundant vaccine but stupid people would rather take horse dewormer. Send the vaccine to the countries that have low vaccination rates so we can get out of this.

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