Though the data is still considered to be early and incomplete, the latest figures show that, despite their relatively small percentage of the United States population, black people are getting sick and dying from the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) much more often than people with different colored skin.
In Illinois, for instance, about 30 percent of the state's known cases of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) are in black people, while black people comprise a whopping 40 percent of all coronavirus-related deaths in the Land of Lincoln. Meanwhile, blacks only make up about 14.6 percent of the Illinois population.
Similar figures are being reported in Michigan, with 40 percent of all deaths attributed to the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) occurring in black people, which make up only 14 percent of the state's population.
Again, the data remains limited, especially since the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is keeping official track of the numbers, isn't even publicly reporting data on the race and ethnicities of infected patients. But what has been released by individual states thus far is telling.
"Because we don't have broad access to testing, we don't actually know how many people are infected in the U.S.," says Dr. Jeffrey Levi, a professor of public health at The George Washington University. "We only have accurate data on who is actually getting hospitalized."
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In a letter they wrote to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) head Alex Azar late last month, former Democratic presidential hopefuls Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris urged his agency to ensure that all cases of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) get identified and published for the world to see, not just those that require hospitalization.
Complete data would more than likely illustrate even further the disparity in how the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting black lives compared to how it's affecting everybody else.
"A pandemic just magnifies the disparities in healthcare that many communities of color face," stated Dr. Summer Johnson McGee, dean of the School of Health Sciences at the University of New Haven, attempting to politicize the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) in terms of race.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), which has been withholding certain information from the public, people with preexisting health conditions such as asthma and other chronic lung disorders, diabetes, and heart disease are already more susceptible to developing illnesses of any kind, including those prompted by the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19). And as it turns out, black people are apparently sicker with these kinds of things, so the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) is ravaging their communities more so than others.
"We know this data is being recorded and not released to the public," insists Kristen Clarke, executive director of the National Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, who believes that race data is essential information for government officials to have so they can divvy up federal, state and city resources "fairly."
"They must release that data to help shape an equitable response to the pandemic."
In the United States, the number of Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases has breached 350,000, with about 10,000 deaths and counting. The U.S. officially also now has the highest number of Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, with almost twice the numbers being reported in both Spain and Italy.
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