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What historical factors contributed to many U.S. cities becoming highly segregated, and how is this related to the racial inequities in COVID-19 we are seeing today?

Social and Racial Justice

Q: Talk to me about history. What historical factors contributed to many U.S. cities becoming highly segregated, and how is this related to the racial inequities in COVID-19 we are seeing today? A: In the interview linked to below, Reggie Jackson, Head Griot of America’s Black Holocaust Museum, describes four discriminatory housing policies and practices

Why are we seeing such disparities in COVID cases and deaths?

Social and Racial Justice

Today we welcome Dr. Bridgette M. Brawner as a guest Nerdy Girl to discuss racial disparities and COVID-19. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Find her on Twitter at @DrBMBrawner. A. One word: racism. In all of its forms (e.g., individual, institutional, structural). There is no genetic or

What are some factors underlying racial and social health disparities in COVID-19 and overall health?

Social and Racial Justice

A: Our awesome Nerdy friend Dr. Tiffany Green, Assistant Professor in the Departments of Population Health Sciences and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison recently provided this timely interview about COVID-19 and race-related health disparities. In this interview, Professor Green covers race differences in occupational structures, health care infection control, access to care,

What is the effect of COVID-19 on people who live in slums?

Social and Racial Justice

A: Over 1 billion people worldwide live in slums, characterized by dense living, lack of infrastructure (potable water, adequate sewerage), unstable homes, no land tenure, and widespread poverty. These conditions put slum residents at high risk of disease, especially COVID-19. While some countries are imposing lockdowns, other countries are doing nothing. While there are reports

Are racial and ethnic minorities at a higher risk of dying from COVID-19?

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A: Unfortunately, from the available data, African Americans and Hispanics are disproportionately represented among COVID-19 deaths in the US. At present, most states are not reporting on the racial and ethnic patterns. There are many pathways through which minorities may have worse outcomes including social, socioeconomic and living circumstances increasing susceptibility to infection, in addition