White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Ben Carson says Black people continue to be hardest hit among the most populated cities ahead of the “second wave” of coronavirus infections in the fall.
Carson said the crisis has helped reveal issues of disparity among Black people in the country and that it needs to be approached in a “holistic manner” as the so-called coronavirus “second wave” hits America in the fall.
Blacks have been hardest hit due to the lack of affordable healthcare insurance and the tendency to lead unhealthy lifestyles.
“This crisis has really shined the light on this disparity issue,” Carson said. “We’ve known about this obviously for decades and people have talked about it and signed on it. We haven’t made a lot of progress.”
In unrelated news, Dr. Carson reportedly sold $1 million in stock after a coronavirus meeting on Capitol Hill in March.
The HUD secretary reportedly sold $1 million in Kellogg stock on March 18, likely to avoid a huge financial loss before a volatile Wall Market plunge in March.
Carson served as Kellogg director from 1997 to 2015. He received the stock as part of his benefits package with Kellogg.
Carson disclosed the sale in a transaction form he filed with the U.S. Office of Government Ethics on April 20. Typically, public officials are supposed to disclose such sales within 30 days.
North Carolina Senator Richard Burr stepped down as chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee after he allegedly sold stocks to avoid huge financial losses amid the coronavirus outbreak.