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Around the Country the statistics tell a damning tale of racial disparity during the ongoing pandemic as it spreads. 

Take Chicago where over 70% of the deaths from the virus are attributed to blacks who make up 30% of the City’s population. In Louisiana there are similar numbers; of the 702 deaths in the state 72% were African American patients that only make up 32% of the state’s population. 

In Michigan and New Jersey the deaths from Covid-19 are equally disproportionate where African Americans make up 40% even though they only comprise 14% of the population. 

“Why are more African Americans and Latinos affected?” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo asked this week, vowing to increase testing and research in black and Latino communities. 

“We’re seeing this around the country. Comorbidity, I understand that, but I think there’s something more to it. You know, it always seems that the poorest people pay the highest price. Why is that? Whatever the situation is.” 

In New York Hispanics account for 34% of deaths where they comprise only 29% of the population. 

Some possible reasons for this are that African Americans are less likely to be insured and able to afford testing. They may not have regular and stable employment and suffer from medical conditions like diabetes, asthma, hypertension, and heart disease.  

When you add other disparities like lower income, wealth, education, infant mortality & more likely to live in densely populated urban counties enabling a faster spread of the virus. 

“All of these different things that we look at as Americans and say this is what we aspire — in each of those categories Africans Americans are at the back of the list,” said Dr. Abdullah Pratt, who practices at the University of Chicago Medical Centre emergency room. 

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