“World ends — women, minorities hardest hit”? Don’t laugh too hard at that old joke about media bias — officials from Donald Trump on down are raising alarms about the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on minority communities. The Washington Post offered readers a detailed look at the extent of the disparity today, focusing mainly on the African-American population in nine states and/or localities:
As the novel coronavirus sweeps across the United States, it appears to be infecting and killing black Americans at a disproportionately high rate, according to a Washington Post analysis of early data from jurisdictions across the country.
The emerging stark racial disparity led the surgeon general Tuesday to acknowledge in personal terms the increased risk for African Americans amid growing demands that public-health officials release more data on the race of those who are sick, hospitalized and dying of a contagion that has killed more than 12,000 people in the United States.
A Post analysis of available data and census demographics shows that counties that are majority-black have three times the rate of infections and almost six times the rate of deaths as counties where white residents are in the majority. …
African Americans’ higher rates of diabetes, heart disease and lung disease are well-documented, and Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) noted that those health problems make people more vulnerable to the new respiratory disease. But there never has been a pandemic that brought the disparities so vividly into focus.
The difference was significant enough to prompt Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams to warn about it yesterday on CBS This Morning: