Coronavirus Facts Only: Numbers show African Americans at increased risk in some cities

Every day during this COVID-19 pandemic our health editor Fred Bodimer will host a 20 minute podcast with the latest information on the virus outbreak.

Fred Bodimer
April 07, 2020 - 1:32 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX/AP) - New data shows African Americans have contracted and died of coronavirus at an alarming rate. Dr. Fred Buckhold is a SLU Care general internist at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital and calls this a disturbing pattern.

He's disappointed to see this and says there is a clear disparity in healthcare outcomes for African Americans - shorter life expectancy, diabetes and heart disease outcomes not as good as others.

Dr. Buckhold says coronavirus has exposed all the flaws in the healthcare system. and we need to do a better job addressing this disparity.

Chicago’s mayor pledged an aggressive public health campaign aimed at the city’s black and brown communities Monday amid alarm that an overwhelming number of African American residents were among the people to die of COVID-19 in early data.

Black residents accounted for 72% of deaths from COVID-19 complications in the city and 52% of positive tests for the coronavirus, despite making up only 30% of the city’s population, according to the city’s public health agency.

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