Not everyone has the luxury of working from home. And since many minorities have public-facing jobs, this pandemic has hit them especially hard.
“American Indians and Alaskan Natives and African Americans have been hospitalized at rates 3.5 times higher than Whites,” US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said.
“Hospitalization rates are three times higher for Hispanics compared to Whites.”
The pandemic exposes health disparities and structural conditions that contribute to those disparities, the surgeon general said.
“Social distancing and teleworking are critical to preventing spread of coronavirus, yet only one in five African Americans and one in six Hispanic Americans have a job that allows him to work from home,” Adams said.
People of color are also more likely to live in “densely packed urban areas” and in multi-generational homes. They’re also more likely to use public transportation, he said.
“Combined, these and other factors create a greater risk for spread of a highly contagious disease like Covid-19.”