Case records released by the CDC show how much of an impact racial inequality has on coronavirus infection rates and outcomes. This week's Insider News contains information about the new data along with ways employers and insurers are addressing the social determinants of health that contribute to these disparities.
The fullest look yet at the racial inequity of coronavirus from The New York Times
Data from the CDC obtained by The New York Times provides a clear view of the ways coronavirus has disproportionately affected Black and Latino communities across America. The case records were released after the Times filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the CDC.
The case data shows that over the course of the pandemic Black and Latino people have been three times more likely to become infected with COVID-19 and twice as likely to die from the virus as white people. Experts point to several factors that contribute to these disparities, including:
- Front-line jobs that can't be done remotely
- A reliance on public transportation
- Crowded living situations, including small apartments and multi-generational homes
While underlying health problems and chronic conditions are major contributors in COVID-19 deaths, the case data highlights how privileges like being able to work from home impact a person's likelihood to become sick in the first place.
Mindful parenting webinar
The next webinar in our community-focused series will take place on Wednesday, July 29, at 12 PM EST.
Parents have a lot on their plates right now trying to manage during the pandemic, keeping kids occupied and teaching our children in a difficult world. Sheri Damon, LMHC will offer attendees strategies to stay present with their children while role modeling self-care.
Anyone is welcome to attend these sessions. Sign up here.