America can’t beat the coronavirus crisis until we fix what really ails us

America can’t beat the coronavirus crisis until we fix what really ails us

[Ed. – Guess what really ails? Here’s a hint: It starts with ‘r’ and it ends with ‘acism.’]

The US is one of the most unequal nations in the world, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, outranked by only a smattering of countries — Bulgaria, Turkey, Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica and South Africa. The coronavirus pandemic and resulting economic shutdown is likely to increase the gap between the haves and have-nots, and doctors and public health experts say socioeconomic status is playing a role in whether a person will survive the disease.

The novel virus does not care about your race or socioeconomic status, but data released by several states suggest your race and socioeconomic status — and everything that goes with it, including access to quality health care — could make a big difference in whether you contract the virus and whether you survive.

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