How Racism Kills

A conversation with Harvard social epidemiologist Nancy Krieger

A patient describes her symptoms at a mobile Covid-19 testing station in Compton, California, just south of Los Angeles, on April 28, 2020. Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

We as human beings are commonly at risk of this kind of infection if you think of us as biological organisms. But we’re also never just biological organisms. We are social beings as well.

The likelihood of being infected is absolutely socially structured by histories and current realities of injustice in our society.

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