White House adviser Anthony Fauci, an immunologist, said today that there was no denying that racism had led to “unacceptable differences” in health care during the coronavirus epidemic.
He added that African Americans, Latinos and Indians, ie Native Americans, were particularly affected.
“Covid-19 has shown the shortcomings of our society,” Fauci said.
Many members of minority groups work, he said, working in areas that are more prone to infection, and are even more at risk if they have hypertension, chronic lung disease, diabetes or obesity.
He added that the reasons for this are the “social conditions” in which members of minorities live from birth “in terms of the availability of adequate food, access to health care and the indisputable effects of racism in our society.”
He said that when society returned to “some form of normalcy”, people should not forget that members of minorities were “disproportionately hospitalized and died” during the coronavirus.
“Social division is counterproductive in a pandemic. “We must not clash because the virus is the enemy, not us,” Fauci said.