The COVID-19 Pandemic: a Call to Action to Identify and Address Racial and Ethnic Disparities
Laurencin, Cato T
Laurencin, C.T., McClinton, A. The COVID-19 Pandemic: a Call to Action to Identify and Address Racial and Ethnic Disparities. J. Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities (2020). https://doi-org.proxy-um.researchport.umd.edu/10.1007/s40615-020-00756-0
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The Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has significantly impacted and devastated the world. As the infection spreads, the projected mortality and economic devastation are unprecedented. In particular, racial and ethnic minorities may be at a particular disadvantage as many already assume the status of a marginalized group. Black Americans have a long-standing history of disadvantage and are in a vulnerable position to experience the impact of this crisis and the myth of Black immunity to COVID-19 is detrimental to promoting and maintaining preventative measures. We are the first to present the earliest available data in the peer-reviewed literature on the racial and ethnic distribution of COVID-19-confirmed cases and fatalities in the state of Connecticut. We also seek to explode the myth of Black immunity to the virus. Finally, we call for a National Commission on COVID-19 Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities to further explore and respond to the unique challenges that the crisis presents for Black and Brown communities.