COVID-19 Pandemic Exposed Effects of Racism

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Health Editor’s Note: We have known that there is a deleterious effect of racism on health but the pandemic has brought this concept home to roost. From minorities disproportionally working in jobs that would exposed them to COVID-19 to being medically predisposed to high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, and lung diseases have all placed them in the sights of the coronavirus.  Living in areas were physical distancing is virtually impossible, to not having water for the highly recommended and needed hand washing techniques, and lack of health care all placed minorities at risk of contracting COVID-19.  Racial disparities in the health care realm must be thoroughly addressed and fixed. Racial health care disparities existed before the pandemic and have caused disproportionate deaths for the non-Caucasian world….Carol

Fauci says pandemic exposed ‘undeniable effects of racism’

by AP News

ATLANTA (AP) — The immunologist who leads the COVID-19 response in the United States said Sunday that “the undeniable effects of racism” have led to unacceptable health disparities that especially hurt African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans during the pandemic.

“COVID-19 has shone a bright light on our own society’s failings,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said during a graduation ceremony for Emory University.

Speaking by webcast from Washington, Fauci told the graduates in Atlanta that many members of minority groups work in essential jobs where they might be exposed to the coronavirus. He also said they are more likely to become infected if exposed because of medical conditions such as hypertension, chronic lung disease, diabetes or obesity.

“Now, very few of these comorbidities have racial determinants,” Fauci said. “Almost all relate to the social determinants of health dating back to disadvantageous conditions that some people of color find themselves in from birth regarding the availability of an adequate diet, access to health care and the undeniable effects of racism in our society.”

Fauci said correcting societal wrongs will take a commitment of decades, and he urged the graduates to be part of the solution.

Fauci said that once society returns to “some form of normality,” people should not forget that infectious disease has disproportionally hospitalized and killed people of color.

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Carol graduated from Riverside White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and received her diploma as a registered nurse. She attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Literature. She attended the University of Toledo, College of Nursing, and received a Master’s of Nursing Science Degree as an Educator.

She has traveled extensively, is a photographer, and writes on medical issues. Carol has three children RJ, Katherine, and Stephen – one daughter-in-law; Katie – two granddaughters; Isabella Marianna and Zoe Olivia – and one grandson, Alexander Paul. She also shares her life with husband Gordon Duff, many cats, and two rescue pups.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Knowing that COVID-19 is first and foremost a bioweapon, is it any wonder that it disproportionally attacks the elderly, the already infirm, and people of color. That’s what it’s supposed to do, Carol. That the Trumpsters have been conned into thinking it’s all a big hoax is part of the plan as well.

    The veil of secrecy is finally lifting on the shadowy cabal that deployed this bioweapon, first in China, then in Iran and Europe, and finally in the USA. We have it from the Times of Israel that Trump knew the virus was a bioweapon back in November of 2019. That’s why his mobster pals were first in line when the Fed gifted the banksters and the big corpse $6+ trillion in the spring. Bet he didn’t tell his true-believer base anything about that. They are still running around unvaccinated and without masks to this very day.

  2. Carol. Also. Ageism. 50% of deaths in my state of Pennsylvania have been in senior citizen “health care” facilities. Seniors with chronic illnesses and depleted bank accounts are treated as Medicare/Medicaid cash cows in these facilities. The pandemic threw a monkey wrench into that business. But, after the weakest died off, things are back to normal.

    • ferdinand, Yes, ageism also played a huge part. That and people with pre-existing medical conditions. Those who were living with their diseases but their bodies could not handle the addition of COVID-19.