Dr. Fauci: Why Coronavirus is Hitting Black Communities Hard


Dr. Fauci on why the coronavirus is wreaking havoc on Black communities

CBS News

Black, Indigenous and Latinx communities have been hit hardest by the coronavirus. Black Americans, according to the CDC, are 2.5 times more likely to die from COVID-19 compared to their White counterparts. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease doctor, sat down with BET to speak about why minority communities have such a high number of infections, hospitalizations and death rates and what can be done to fix the disparity. View the full interview with Dr. Fauci on BET.com.


Dr. Fauci: It’s what I call a double whammy against the minority, but particularly the African American and Latinx community. You don’t like to generalize, but as a demographic group, the African American community is more likely to be in a job that does not allow them to stay at home and do teleworking most of the time, they’re in essential jobs. I mean, obviously, there are a lot of African Americans who are not, that could just as easily do that.

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  1. Thanks Carol. I am myself reasonably well educated; BCom, MBA,and PHD in history: At what was, those days one of the foremost Universities of the then civilized world (UCT. SA). I like proper journalism. VT always had it. However lately I find much emotionalism at your site. At my age (83) I also tend to become emotional. l was just wondering if the specific reference to color could not be found offensive by some bigot. Jews for instance, before they started marrying non-jew women, had (still have) peculiar genetic problems. Tell the crew, I also don’t like Trump, but I try to be civil.

  2. More likely it’s their skins high melanin content that prevents them from getting enough vitamin D from sunlight. They should have their blood tested for vitamin D. In fact we all should have a baseline test done.

  3. I’m really honest about this. Is this not racist? Only asking. I mean; everybody tries to be so politically correct that is is virtually impossible to be honest about serious matters. I’m not being facetious.

    • derickwrite, What is medically intact is that African Americans have more issues with blood pressure, diabetes, than do other races in general. This is just the unluck of genetics. Also, access to medical care, is often, depending on where they live, not up to speed. There is an inequality there. Fauci correctly points this out. Also, there is a larger proportion of people of color who have jobs in the businesses where they are front line workers, restaurants. cleaning jobs. Lack of health insurance, accessible health care, low paying jobs without healthcare, crowded living situations, lower socio-economic status, social environment, and physical environment of African Americans, Latinos, tribal nations have been lurking in the background and unless there is improvement of equality in these areas these disparities will continue and if that is the definition of racial discrimination then we need to back up- and improve these areas. The apparent increased burden of ethnic populations brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic has come to light because of pre-existing socio-economic and lack of health care conditions.

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