Unsurprisingly, COVID-19 is killing Black Americans at far higher rates than White Americans. Even knowing that, many members of Congress are pushing to include legislation that would only serve to further strain access to healthcare for Black communities in the next Coronavirus aid package.
Due to a lack of adequate data on race and COVID-19 mortality, we are not yet able to see the full extent of minority communities’ suffering. However, early numbers expose just how deep healthcare disparities run:
In Minneapolis, Black Americans make up one-fifth of the population, but they make up
one-third of COVID-19 patients.
More Likely to Die
Black Americans are over
In Illinois, Black people make up 14% of the population, but account for
of COVID-19 Deaths
Black Americans are faced with an increased risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure, hypertension, and asthma. These underlying conditions put individuals at greater risk of fatal complications from COVID-19 and are further exacerbated by poor quality care or an inability to financially cover a long-term hospital stay.