Johns Hopkins University data indicates that COVID-19 has claimed upwards of approximately 40,000 lives in the United States. While government, public health, and health care agencies are working tirelessly to reduce both the incidence and death rates of the novel coronavirus, there are still alarming incidence and death rates attributed to this virus among African Americans.
According to preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), African Americans are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 as they account for approximately thirty percent of COVID-19 related deaths in the nation. An alarming statistic since African Americans account for approximately thirteen percent of the US population. Contributing factors for this statistic include, but are not limited to, underlying health inequities such as diabetes and asthma and the fact that African Americans occupy jobs that are deemed essential during this pandemic, thus making it impossible for them to participate in social distancing.
It is essential that we work as a collective to reduce both the incidence and death rates due to COVID-19, especially among vulnerable populations. For more information on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19, please