[Ed. – It’s not a difference in infection rates but a difference in survival once the disease is contracted that accounts for these high numbers. Ultimately the numbers hark back to underlying health conditions prevalent in the black population, such high blood pressure and diabetes,]
The coronavirus is infecting and killing black people in the United States at disproportionately high rates, according to data released by several states and big cities, highlighting what public health researchers say are entrenched inequalities in resources, health and access to care.
The statistics are preliminary and much remains unknown because most cities and states are not reporting race as they provide numbers of confirmed cases and fatalities. Initial indications from a number of places, though, are alarming enough that policymakers say they must act immediately to stem potential devastation in black communities.
The worrying trend is playing out across the country, among people born in different decades and working far different jobs.
“This is a call-to-action moment for all of us,” said Lori Lightfoot, the mayor of Chicago, who announced statistics of the outbreak in her city this week.