Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Covid-19 Impact and Race: What does data tell us?

In April, New Orleans health officials realized their drive-through testing strategy for the coronavirus wasn't working. The reason? Census tract data revealed hot spots for the virus were located in predominantly low-income African-American neighborhoods where many residents lacked cars. In response, officials have changed their strategy, sending mobile testing vans to some of those areas, says Thomas LaVeist, dean of Tulane University's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and co-chair of Louisiana's COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force.

The above example taken from an article [1] that appeared recently npr.org website demonstrates how we are still only scratching the surface of the impact of race, neighborhoods, occupational related risks and testing strategies for the COVID-19 virus. I can inundate the reader with hundreds of charts and eye candy graphics, but after much thinking would like to present the following three that capture the point I wish to make at the end. Data from reference [2].




The above three charts capture at the highest level the impact of the deadly pandemic on communities of color. Considering the disease impacts all people the same it is not a stretch to say the awareness, resources and quality of affordable health care is dependent on where you live which in turn depends on the color of your skin.

The recent crowds on the streets of cities small and large across the country have bigger and higher goals of social justice of all but the point to note in this context is that achieving those would certainly change the impact of the next pandemic on minorities for the better.

Plexome supports a positive change across all communities to make our nation more just and peaceful for all where everyone has an equal stake and equal opportunity to not just health care but everything!

References:
[1] What do racial disparities look like State by State? 
[2] The Covid Racial Data Tracker by The Atlantic