The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted everyone in some way, but did you know that certain demographics of the United States are bearing the brunt of the effects more than others? New studies from the CDC and SAMHSA show that the pandemic has disproportionately affected Black, Latinx, and other communities of color. Due to existing social, political, and economic conditions, people of color are less likely to have access to care, more likely to experience financial hardship as a result, and are prone to medical high-risk factors that significantly outweigh those impacting other Americans.
Learn what these studies illustrate about how long-standing racial and socioeconomic disparities have contributed to the impact of the novel coronavirus on communities of color across the country. Understanding the context behind why these injustices continue to occur is instrumental in creating meaningful policy change and community-involvement strategies that work towards long-term health equity for all.