Blacks and Latinos in the U.S. most affected by Covid-19
Washington, Jul 9 (Prensa Latina) Blacks and Latinos were infected with Covid-19 at three times the rate of whites, and died almost twice as often, according to a New York Times report Thursday.
An extensive article by Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Megan Twohey explains the work of a federal committee debating which sector of the population will receive the vaccine.
This comes at a time when the country has set a new record for daily infections of 59,400 cases, while President Donald Trump is pushing for a wider reopening without regard to the consequences.
The nation reached a total of three million cases Tuesday as the virus continued its resurgence in the south and west. At least five states -- Missouri, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and West Virginia -- set a record for new infections in a single day Wednesday, the Times said.
As the committee develops a multitiered program for the first 1.2 million doses of vaccine and then the next 110 million, it focuses on who should be considered essential workers, what underlying conditions should be considered and what types of living environments, the paper says.
The report expands on the fact that many Black and Latino people have jobs that prevent them from working at home, depend on public transportation, or live in overcrowded homes that increase the risk of exposure.
They are more likely to suffer from underlying health problems, such as diabetes and obesity, which increase the risk of hospitalization and death. Not only do these groups have less access to health services, but they also have a documented history of receiving unequal care, Twohey emphasizes.
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