New York will be doing more coronavirus testing and have new testing sites in "primarily in African American and Latino communities," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday to address disparities along racial lines in COVID-19 fatalities.
"Let's learn how and why this virus kills, especially why we have higher fatality rates among African Americans and Latinos and what we do about it. Let's understand it, but also address it," he said.
Some context: Black Americans have more existing medical issues, less access to health care, and are more likely to work in unstable jobs — all factors that have made the coronavirus pandemic disproportionately hurt black people more.
While everyone is susceptible to Covid-19, black Americans are at higher risk, Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said during an appearance on CBS This Morning on Tuesday.
That racial disparity has been evident in early data on coronavirus deaths in Louisiana, Illinois, Michigan and New Jersey. The federal government has not tracked coronavirus by demographic groups, but Adams and American Medical Association President Dr. Patrice Harris suggested they begin to do so.
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