The coronavirus doesn’t discriminate, but society does — and the results in the U.S. are deadly

Levan Bryant is night supervisor for sanitation workers at Action Environmental Services in New York City’s Brooklyn borough. He says it’s a blessing to still be working, and he tries his best to protect his family from the coronavirus outbreak. 
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Date Published: April 16, 2020

Source: CBC

Coronavirus may have appeared to be the great equalizer, but emerging patterns in the U.S. suggest the virus is proving deadlier for black people and Latinos than other groups. Many essential workers who come from diverse lower-income neighbourhoods in New York and other cities are more exposed to the threat than people who can stay home. In the 12 states reporting race and ethnicity data about the outbreak, black residents were found to be 2.4 times more likely to die of COVID-19, according to the APM Research Lab, a public policy research group. Dr. Julien Cavanagh who has been caring for a surge of COVID-19 patients in Brooklyn stated, “if you have less access to care, if you’re poor and you don’t have access to good nutrition, you’re more likely to have obesity, diabetes, hypertension, all things that make COVID-19 worse.” Mark Levine, a New York councillor and chair of the city’s health committee stated, “everyone says that this virus doesn’t discriminate, and in a biological sense, that’s true. But society discriminates.”

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