Ethnic minorities in Canada, the most affected by Covid-19
3 de agosto de 2020, 12:48
Ottawa, Aug 3 (Prensa Latina) Ethnic minority populations and low-income groups are at greater risk of contracting Covid-19 in Canada, according to a report released Monday by the Department of Public Health.
According to the text, 83 percent of people infected with the disease caused by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus identified themselves with an ethnic group.
The study shows that some of the causes of this prevalence are health disparities linked to social and economic factors, increased stress caused by racism and other forms of discrimination, and difficulties in physical distancing due to overcrowding.
Unequal access to health care and social services is also an essential condition.
In a recent interview on CBC's The House, Dr. Kwame McKenzie, director general of the Wellesley Institute and professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto, criticized the federal government and accused it of discrimination for not collecting ethnic data on Covid-19 infections. 'This is not about people being discriminatory or racist. Sometimes it's just neglect. And the fact that we haven't collected this data seems negligent, because everyone really knew that we should be collecting this data, but it was never a priority, for anyone,' he said.
'Covid-19 discriminates in Canada,' McKenzie concluded.
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