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The COVID-19 pandemic: A call to action to identify and address racial and ethnic disparities

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Laurencin, Cato T.
McClinton, Aneesah
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Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities

The Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has significantly impacted and devastated the world. As the infectionspreads, the projected mortality and economic devastation are unprecedented. In particular, racial and ethnic minorities may be ata particular disadvantage as many already assume the status of a marginalized group. Black Americans have a long-standinghistory of disadvantage and are in a vulnerable position to experience the impact of this crisis and the myth of Black immunity toCOVID-19 is detrimental to promoting and maintaining preventative measures. We are the first to present the earliest availabledata in the peer-reviewed literature on the racial and ethnic distribution of COVID-19-confirmed cases and fatalities in the state ofConnecticut. We also seek to explode the myth of Black immunity to the virus. Finally, we call for a National Commission onCOVID-19 Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities to further explore and respond to the unique challenges that the crisis presentsfor Black and Brown communities. (Author abstract)

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