The epidemic reflects America's social woes
The virus does not discriminate between nationalities or RACES. But in the United States, novel Coronavirus in particular caused a large number of black deaths. Black people in Chicago had seven times the risk of death as whites. Why on earth is that?
Lauri Lightfoot, Mayor of Chicago, USA, said she was shocked by the death toll from a novel Coronavirus in her city. "Infected blacks have a mortality rate seven times higher than other ethnic groups," she said.
The epidemic highlights social differences
Although no national survey has been conducted, data from several cities clearly show that African Americans have a much higher than average coVID-19 incidence and a higher death rate than whites.
For example, in New Orleans, Louisiana, the proportion of black residents in the city was only 29 per cent, yet the proportion of novel Coronavirus deaths in the city was as high as 70 per cent. 'Novel Coronavirus reveals a problem that already exists,' says Linda Rae Murry, professor of public health at the University of Illinois. "African Americans already have higher rates of diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease than other people and are therefore more vulnerable."
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