“There are racial disparities in who is more at risk of a COVID-19 diagnosis due to long-standing socioeconomic factors that have disproportionately affected black Americans.
“The virus is showing us ourselves. It’s showing us the truth of the way in which people have to live in order to survive and do the best for them and their families,” said Washington University’s Dr. Laurie Punch, who is currently working in Christian Hospital Northeast’s ICU.
“And because we live in such a highly segregated city, which has scars in it carved by the knife that is structural racism,” Punch continued, “it’s not surprising that there is such a dramatic difference in the incidence of the disease and then the death by the disease when you look at north versus south St. Louis.””
I like Dr Laurie Punch, but again, not new. Not limited to this pandemic. Not limited to St. Louis. The same disparities exist from coast to coast. We know this, the question is “What are we gonna do about it?”. Keep explaining and hope to be saved by the people who created the conditions?
Tracking COVID-19 Cases By ZIP Code Highlights Inequity In St. Louis Region
On April 8, St. Louis Health Director Dr. Fred Echols brought attention to the fact that, at that point, all 12 people who died of COVID-19 in St. Louis