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Sat Apr 4, 2020, 08:40 AM

Early Data Shows African Americans Have Contracted and Died of Coronavirus at an Alarming Rate

No, the coronavirus is not an “equalizer.” Black people are being infected and dying at higher rates. Here’s what Milwaukee is doing about it — and why governments need to start releasing data on the race of COVID-19 patients.

The coronavirus entered Milwaukee from a white, affluent suburb. Then it took root in the city’s black community and erupted.

As public health officials watched cases rise in March, too many in the community shrugged off warnings. Rumors and conspiracy theories proliferated on social media, pushing the bogus idea that black people are somehow immune to the disease. And much of the initial focus was on international travel, so those who knew no one returning from Asia or Europe were quick to dismiss the risk.

Then, when the shelter-in-place order came, there was a natural pushback among those who recalled other painful government restrictions — including segregation and mass incarceration — on where black people could walk and gather. “We’re like, ‘We have to wake people up,’” said Milwaukee Health Commissioner Jeanette Kowalik.

As the disease spread at a higher rate in the black community, it made an even deeper cut. Environmental, economic and political factors have compounded for generations, putting black people at higher risk of chronic conditions that leave lungs weak and immune systems vulnerable: asthma, heart disease, hypertension and diabetes. In Milwaukee, simply being black means your life expectancy is 14 years shorter, on average, than someone white.

As of Friday morning, African Americans made up almost half of Milwaukee County’s 945 cases and 81% of its 27 deaths in a county whose population is 26% black. Milwaukee is one of the few places in the United States that is tracking the racial breakdown of people who have been infected by the novel coronavirus, offering a glimpse at the disproportionate destruction it is inflicting on black communities nationwide.

https://www.propublica.org/article/early-data-shows-african-americans-have-contracted-and-died-of-coronavirus-at-an-alarming-rate

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milestogo Apr 4 OP
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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Sat Apr 4, 2020, 08:43 AM

1. I had been wondering about this

Thanks. I’ll dive into it later.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Sat Apr 4, 2020, 08:45 AM

2. Weeks ago, I touched on problems like this

This disease was spread across the world by people with the financial means for intercontinental air travel, but the poor will disproportionately suffer as a result.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Sat Apr 4, 2020, 09:12 AM

3. Ugh, don't tell republicans. It will only encourage them....

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Response to unblock (Reply #3)

Sat Apr 4, 2020, 09:26 AM

4. They probably already know.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Sat Apr 4, 2020, 10:15 AM

5. Probably social patterns

White suburbia is a somewhat self-distancing lifestyle to begin with. City life is more of a social interactive existence

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Response to elias7 (Reply #5)

Sat Apr 4, 2020, 10:34 AM

6. That is a true statement.

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