Why Black Americans are Dying More Than Anyone Else During the COVID-19 Crisis

Historic injustices have led us here.

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Pre-existing conditions on multiples levels

How is the percentage of death among black Americans higher than their actual numbers? To begin to answer that question, you have to look at overall health. Many of the deaths occurred among people who had a pre-existing condition that left them immuno-compromised. Heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes are particularly high in the African American community, which puts them at high risk for COVID-19.

Essentially vulnerable

During the COVID-19 crisis, many essential workers are black Americans. Many blacks work in food services, restaurants, and delivery services, coming into contact with the public every day. When they leave their jobs, many are going home to a densely populated urban area or a home with multiple people.

History of inequality

During Hurricane Katrina, over half of the deaths were black Americans. Again, most lived in Orleans Parish. Many people who were stranded and couldn’t get out were poor blacks. Governor Andrew Cuomo said, “The people standing on those rooftops were not rich white people.” Poor black people were the first to die, and the last to be helped.

Former teacher who retired early to pursue a passion for writing. Personal development content writer and fiction author. Dog mom. www.sameenakmughal.com

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