COVID-19 pandemic causing disparities in minority groups

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — According to health officials, the pandemic has disproportionately affected Black, Hispanic and Native American communities.  They said data collected shows more minorities and those of lower socioeconomic status are getting infected and dying of conditions worsened by COVID-19.  One of the reasons was because information about COVID-19 was not reaching those communities.  Other disparities can be linked to other conditions these groups experience as well.

“The higher infection rates and deaths in these minority, and low socioeconomic status populations, are related in part to existing health inequities, mainly higher rates of chronic diseases that lead to worse COVID outcomes, like diabetes, obesity, hypertension and so forth. As well as disproportionate to health care barriers to health care access and utilization,” said Dr. Mark Wieland, a physician at Mayo Clinic Health System.

Doctor Wieland said we can combat these inequities by testing the under tested communities and keeping specific and accurate data for these racial and socioeconomic groups.