Communities of Color and the Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19
Many may not be aware of the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on the Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities. Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, COVID-19 data was not being reported by race and ethnicity. Even when the data finally began to be reported by race and ethnicity, states still had a large percentage of missing data.
Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on the Black/African American (B/AA) Community
Nationwide, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Black/African American community have been devastating:
View the latest data on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website
COVID-19 in Our Communities
The situation is equally as dire in the areas surrounding our Johns Hopkins Medicine campuses in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Florida.
Data as of February 2021. Source: covidtracking.com/race
Damani Piggott, M.D., Ph.D., assistant dean for graduate biomedical diversity and inclusion at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, discusses COVID-19 disparities in the Black/African American community in this video.
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