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A BIPOC Covid-19 Support Group

There’s no caption needed, but if words help you to press the share button - to spread word amongst people of color disproportionately suffering from COVID-19, ignored by the system - then here’s a phrase: COVID-19 doesn’t discriminate and neither should you. BIPOC NEED RESOURCES. Period. Still think you don’t need to share because #brand and #ewbadnews? Here’s some data that should hopefully make you realize that BIPOC COVID-19 sufferers need access to mental and physical health resources NOW. I say this as a white #covid19survivor, privileged with health insurance covering my costs, COVID tests at the ready, media attention, and practitioners who listen to me because #institutionalizedracism makes my case more visible. This virus serves as a backdrop highlighting the visible divide between color lines and life experiences, with the following info taken from articles shared in the comments section: “In the District of Columbia, Blacks make up 45% of the total population, but accounted for 29% of confirmed coronavirus cases and 59% of deaths as of April 6, 2020.” “In Louisiana, Blacks make up 32% of the total state population, but accounted for over 70% of COVID-19 deaths as of April 6, 2020. “Data from Illinois show that groups of color accounted for 48% of confirmed cases and 56% of deaths as of April 6, 2020, while only making up 39% of the total state population.” “Survey data finds that BIPOC are more likely than Caucasians to see COVID-19 as a major threat to health and finances due to greater underlying health conditions, lack of access to medical and mental health resources, and due to comprising the majority of the essential services staff within the United States.” “The CDC has found that African Americans account for 33% of COVID hospitalizations, largely because Black people have high rates of chronic health conditions—called comorbidities—that weaken the immune system and make them more vulnerable to the virus. That number is underestimated as they are not given equal access to tests. Much less discussed is how food, class, and race have intersected in ways that perpetuate the health disparities and social inequities unfolding today.”

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