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Inequity & Disparity Highlighted by COVID-19

The Color of Coronavirus: COVID 10: Deaths by Race and Ethnicity in the U.S. | APM Research Lab
“Data about the race and ethnicity of the deceased is known for 88% of these deaths, which we have compiled from Washington D.C. and the 40 states from which we have obtained statistics. While we have an incomplete picture of the toll of COVID-19, the existing data reveals deep inequities by race, most dramatically for Black Americans.”

4 reasons coronavirus is hitting black communities so hard | Eugene Scott, Washington Post
‘“Health disparities have always existed for the African American community, but here again with the crisis now — it’s shining a bright light on how unacceptable that is,” Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Wednesday.”

5 Things To Know About Coronavirus And People With Disabilities | Andrew Pulrang, Forbes
“Panic is neither warranted nor helpful. But don’t minimize the risks or try to talk disabled people out of being worried.”

Asian Americans face coronavirus ‘double whammy’: Skyrocketing unemployment and discrimination
“And in March, the FBI warned of a spike in hate crimes against Asian Americans, saying in a report that they made the assessment “based on the assumption that a portion of the U.S. public will associate COVID-19 with China and Asian American populations.”’

Black communities account for disproportionate number of Covid-19 deaths in the US, study finds | Shelby Lin Erdman, CNN
“Black Americans represent 13.4% of the American population, according to the US Census Bureau, but counties with higher black populations account for more than half of all Covid-19 cases and almost 60% of deaths, the study found.”

COVID-19 impacts every corner of the Navajo Nation | Kalen Goodluck, High Country News
“The novel coronavirus has ravaged much of the world, yet its impact has been particularly acute on the Navajo Nation, where it is pushing the tribe’s public health system to its limits.”

The Incomplete Coronavirus Map — US territories left behind | Gretchen Sierra-Zorita, The Hill
“A review of several popular news outlets shows that while they’ve kept up with the spread of the coronavirus in most of the country, they have failed to report on the five U.S. territories.”

Inside Navajo Nation’s Fight Against Coronavirus | Brittany Knotts and Meghna Chakrabarti, On Point, NPR
Guests Dr. Michelle Tom, Krista Allen, and Tyrone Whitehorse discuss Navajo Nation’s fight against COVID-19. Also, find a reading list for a variety of articles discussing COVID-19s impact on the Native American communities.

Latino communities in the US devastated by Covid-19 | Omar Jimenez, CNN
“In California, Latinos represent 70% of all coronavirus related deaths within the demographic of those 18 to 49-years-old, despite making up just 43% of the population, according to data from the California Department of Public Health.”

NAACP Coronavirus Equity Considerations and Guide | NAACP
“he coronavirus outbreak is officially a pandemic, according to the World Health Organization. Because of the racial and economic inequities embedded in our country’s systems, the effects of the coronavirus could be compounded for Black, Brown, Asian, and indigenous communities, as well as other population groups.”

Oglala Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux Stand Their Ground in South Dakota to Protect Communities from COVID | Cultural Survival
“On May 10, 2020, the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the Cheyenne River Sioux  Tribe in South Dakota were told by Governor Kristi Noem they had to remove coronavirus checkpoints within 48 hours. However, given that the Cheyenne River Sioux only have an eight-bed facility for the 12,000 people living on the reservation, the checkpoints are an essential tool for regulating and limiting the spread of COVID-19 on the reservation.”

Rural America Risks Letting Down Its Guard Just as Coronavirus Is About to Hit | Vera Bergengruen, Time
“COVID-19’s arrival in rural America threatens a particularly vulnerable group of people. Many of these regions have an older, poorer population, and fewer hospital facilities and medical staff.”

‘The virus doesn’t discriminate but governments do’: Latinos disproportionately hit by coronavirus | Maanvi Singh and Mario Koran, The Guardian
“…Latino communities that are worst hit by the crisis are among the least able to access the healthcare systems and unemployment benefits that could bring relief.”

Xenophobia on the Rise During COVID-19; How Employers Can Combat It | Kathy Gurchiek, Society for Human Resource Management 
‘”We must recognize and stand up against racial/ethnic discrimination and stereotyping,” the NAACP said in its report. “This outbreak could have started anywhere. It just happened to have started in China through no fault of the people of China.”‘

 


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