Dj Vu All Over Again: Warning! Warning! COVID-19 Presents Enhanced Danger for Nations African American Communities with Dr. Donald Moore, a full-time general medicine practitioner, distinguishing for his service to his community and to his profession and who teaches medical students from Weill Medical College of Cornell University, and nurse practitioner students from New York University and Hunter College Nursing Schools. He is a board member of the New York Metro chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program. He has been recognized for his humanitarian efforts in health care delivery by the New York State Senate and U.S. Congress.
There is a proverbial elephant in the room regarding the potential devastating impact COVID-19 presents for African-Americans says Dr. Moore. Theres an old saying in some African-American communities that is often applied to the broad-stroke disparity of the nations economy: when white folks catch a cold, Black folks get pneumonia. Loosely translated, this clichd quip means a downturn in the economy might pose hardships for some white Americans, but its deadly for those Black Americans who are already mired at the bottom of the economic ladder and politically marginalized. Now, too many in the Black & Brown communities lack the resources to effectively combat COVID-19, lacking access to paid sick leave or living without health coverage and are more likely to work in an industry that has been most affected by the pandemic, putting them in greater economic jeopardy or increasing their exposure to the virus. We are facing a global public health crisis, and as in all emergencies, the most marginalized are at increased risk. Communities of color are likely to suffer the brunt of the health and economic impacts of the coronavirus crisis and any legislative response must contain targeted relief.