Brent J. Cohen and Charlotte Hancock are joined by Dorianne Mason, the director of health equity at the National Women’s Law Center, and Connor Maxwell, a senior policy analyst on the Race and Ethnicity team at the Center for American Progress, to talk about a very alarming trend that has emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic. Communities of color, and especially Black people, are contracting the infection at much higher rates than white people, and are experiencing consistently worse outcomes with the disease. For example, in Washington D.C., data has shown that Black people have made up around 80% of the deaths from COVID-19 despite making up only around 50% of the D.C. population. Dorianne and Connor help break down why these disparities exist and what the government can do to mitigate the impact of structural racism in the health care system.
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