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Coronavirus exacerbated already existing racial health disparities. Here’s what needs to be done.

A photo from the back of a black man wearing a face mask looking out his window.
A photo from the back of a black man wearing a face mask looking out his window.
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As Covid-19 infections continue spreading across the country, it’s become clear that the burden of coronavirus is not being felt equally across racial lines. According to CDC data on Covid-19 hospitalization during the month of March, 33% of hospitalized patients were black despite only being 18% of the surveyed population. And a recent preprint study from Yale School of Medicine found that blacks had a 3.57 times higher risk of dying from Covid-19 than whites. For Latinos, the risk was 1.88 times higher.

It’s been noted that Blacks and Latinos are more likely to be essential workers, which means they…

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