African Americans Hit Disproportionately by COVID–19

The novel coronavirus is not “the great equalizer” that it was once said to be.

New data shows that African American communities are being disproportionally hit by COVID–19.

In Chicago, roughly 70% of people who have died from the virus are African-American – despite being less than 30% of the population.

Louisiana’s figures mirror Chicago’s, hinting at a widespread race and class divide throughout the country.

A map of Wisconsin visualizes the staggering relationship between race and COVID–19 cases. In the image below, Milwaukee’s predominantly African American neighborhoods are on the left, with COVID–19 cases displayed on the right.

“It really exposes our society’s fault lines,” Dr. Cameron Webb, an African-American physician told BBC news.

The growing pattern unveils the true damage caused by inequality in America.

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