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Minority Communities Are Suffering Disproportionately From Coronavirus

Black and Latino Americans are overwhelmingly dying of coronavirus at much higher rates compared to other Americans in some major cities. With coronavirus cases and related deaths soaring in cities with significant black populations, including New Orleans, Detroit and New York, civil rights groups, Democratic lawmakers and the White House have all called on federal health officials to release racial data to ensure resources and information are reaching every community affected by the outbreak.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said during a White House briefing Tuesday that African Americans were being hit hard by the coronavirus.

Fauci said pre-existing health disparities have made the outbreak worse for the African American community. “So we are very concerned about that. It is very sad. There is nothing we can do about it right now except to give them the best possible care to avoid complications,” Fauci said.

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