“The most difficult social problem in the matter of Negro health”, wrote the sociologist W.E.B. Du Bois in 1899, was to understand why so few white Americans were bothered by it. The poor black lives Du Bois described in his pioneering study, “The Philadelphia Negro”, were spent “in the most unhealthy parts of the city and in the worst houses”, with minimal medical attention. They tended to be sickly and short. Yet he could think of “few other cases in the history of civilised peoples where human suffering has been viewed with such peculiar indifference.”
Modern medicine has since transformed the life expectancy of all Americans. But many of the disparities Du Bois observed remain.…
The focus on “hesitancy” as the driver of lower Covid-19 vaccination rates misses the real problem, and opportunity.
Unpicking the causes of gaps in health outcomes requires better data than most countries currently collect
Many devices and treatments work less well for them.
That need not be such a hurdle to getting Americans vaccinated once their access to the vaccine improves.
Higher rates of infection and mortality among Black and Hispanic Americans are explained by exposure on the job and at home, experts said.
Without question, African Americans suffer disproportionately from chronic diseases such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, lung disease, obesity, and asthma, which make it harder for them to survive COVID-19. But if Cassidy were looking at science, then he’d also be asking: Why are African American suffering more from these chronic diseases? Why are African Americans more likely to be obese than Latinos and whites?
COVID-19 doesn’t discriminate by race, yet it has still laid bare the brutality of racism in the United States.
The US health system’s racial inequities will still be felt after Covid-19 becomes endemic.
There is a saying—“When America catches a cold, Black people get the flu.” Well, in 2020, when America catches coronavirus, Black people die. Blacks in about every state with racial data available have higher contraction rates and higher death rates of COVID-19.
Public health specialist and physician Camara Phyllis Jones talks about ways that jobs, communities and health care leave Black Americans more exposed and less protected.
Like so many others entering professions in healthcare, Rebecca is treating patients during a pandemic which has disproportionately claimed the lives of Black, Brown and vulnerable citizens, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Black adults younger than 40 are the group most likely to avoid the inoculations.
In the more recent survey, black adults also express more wariness than Hispanic and white adults about some forms of medical care, including expanding access to experimental drugs before clinical trials are completed...
Differences in hospitals can explain why Black Covid-19 patients are more likely to die than white patients, according to a new study published Thursday, underscoring the pervasive and longstanding healthcare inequalities that disproportionately affect Black people in America.
Compared to white people of the same age, Black and Latino people are nearly three times as likely to die of coronavirus
Hundreds of years of racism has delivered poor health and economic outcomes for black people, making them more vulnerable in the pandemic.
Last week, racial disparities in the U.S. healthcare system were exposed with several reports stating that the coronavirus is “infecting and killing Black people in the United States at disproportionately high rates.” When analyzing the racial breakdown in comparison to the population ratio, states like North Carolina and South Carolina have seen an unusually high amount of Black residents infected with the virus. For many, this news was not shocking...
For Black Americans, Covid-19 is another brutal reminder of the racist legacy of the American healthcare system. A disproportionate number of the 500,000 Americans who have died of coronavirus are Black. Yet African Americans and other people of color have struggled to access vaccines.
Since the era of American slavery, Black people have faced mistreatment from many medical institutions. Like the Tuskegee Syphilis Study, Henrietta Lacks, who died in 1951 of cervical cancer, reflects the profiteering of Black bodies in the name of the advancement of science.
Skepticism over healthcare persists in Alabama town that hosted notorious syphilis study
Throughout US history, Black people have endured a medical system that has been simultaneously exploitative and dismissive.
Dr. Uché Blackstock explains how the coronavirus will affect Black patients, and why that terrifies her.
In a study based on children with Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome In Children (MIS-C), researchers estimated that nearly six times as many Black children than white children have the “rare but serious” illness linked to Covid-19.
Many Black and Hispanic Americans mistrust government officials, and instead have turned to physicians they have long known.
Covid-19 has taken an outsized toll on Black and Hispanic Americans – and those disparities extend to medical workers.
Black and Latinx people have higher rates of chronic health conditions that are associated with more severe cases of COVID-19. But public health officials said little about race early in the pandemic.
The new coronavirus doesn't discriminate. But physicians in public health and on the front lines say that in the response to the pandemic, they can already see the emergence of familiar patterns of racial and economic bias.
Black Americans in certain age groups are as much as nine times more likely to die of Covid-19 than similarly aged whites, and overall their fatality rate is nearly four times that of whites, according to new data from Harvard’s Center for Population and Development studies.
The coronavirus pandemic has markedly increased awareness of health inequalities. Researchers have long understood that ethnicity and socioeconomic conditions play a major role in influencing our health, but the pandemic has illuminated these stark inequalities and the need for urgent action to tackle them.
When cities started collecting COVID-19 infection rates in their areas, some started breaking the data down by ZIP code to see who was most at risk. Then they went even further to break down the caseload by race. What they found was that, contrary to the oft-repeated maxim that the coronavirus is “the great equalizer,” not everybody is affected the same way.
Combatting vaccine hesitancy is a natural fit. But it isn’t something that happens overnight — or even necessarily over the course of weeks, in part because of the implicit bias rooted in the history of American social services itself. Too often, the very words used to describe these dynamics — “health literacy,” say, or “adherence” — carry hints of blame or disdain or both.
It is past time to fix a glaring disparity.