As Georgia Reopens, Virus Study Shows Black Residents May Bear Brunt

Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia has moved to restart the state’s economy.
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Date Published: April 30, 2020

Source: The New York Times

A report released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States showed that more than four-fifths of hospitalized coronavirus patients part of the study were Black. This study was completed based on 8 hospitals in Georgia, where the population of African Americans is only slightly above fifty percent. This discrepancy is thought, among many other factors, to be linked to the role that Black individuals play as essential employees – from “bus drivers to health care workers [to] cleaning services.” This report has increased calls from experts and community advocates to ensure that prevention and intervention activities related to COVID-19 prioritize racial and ethnic groups most affected by the virus, especially as communities around the United States and around the world look to reopen after having been on lockdown for the past weeks.

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Summary by: Vincent Tang