Why Are So Many Black Americans Dying of COVID-19?

Why Are So Many Black Americans Dying of COVID-19?

April 2020

Across the United States, black Americans are dying from COVID-19 at disproportionately higher rates than their white counterparts. If the data from other large cities hold true in Philadelphia — where 41 percent of residents are African American — the emerging recognition of disparities demands our immediate attention, write Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH, and Carmen E. Guerra, MD, MSCE.

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