Black Americans are more likely to die from the virus that causes Covid-19 according to recent studies. While Black Africans have a low rate of Covid-19 infection, Black Americans haven’t been as lucky.
The data shows Black people who live in predominantly Black neighborhoods experience longstanding social and economic disparities.
The World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that Black people with chronic lung disorders, diabetes, heart disease, and drug addiction show more serious symptoms of the illness than their racial counterparts.
For instance, Black people in Africa have lower rates of heart disease, diabetes, kidney disorders and chronic lung disorders than their American cousins.
This makes Black Americans more likely to die from coronavirus. 40% of coronavirus deaths in socioeconomic deprived neighborhoods in Chicago are Black people. Blacks make up just 14.6% of Illinois state's population.
Michigan also reported high numbers of coronavirus deaths among Black people, while just 14% of the states's population is Black.
The UK is researching whether the coronavirus is a bioweapon released by China.
The CDC offers the following tips to avoid spreading the flu or Covid-19 virus:
1. Do not touch your face with unwashed hands
2. Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds
3. Avoid close contact with sick people
4. Sneeze and cough into a tissue or your elbow
5. Stay home if you are sick
5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
6. When in doubt consult with a healthcare professional