Trump wants ‘to find reasons’ coronavirus disproportionately kills African Americans

Clay Curtis
April 8, 2020

"There's a real problem and it's showing up very strongly in our data on the African-American community and we're doing everything in our power to address this challenge, It's a tremendous challenge, It's bad and provide support to African-American citizens of this country who are going through a lot".

Fauci said that it's not the case that African Americans are getting infected more often, but said that prevalence of "underlying medical conditions - the diabetes, the hypertension, the obesity, the asthma" lead to higher ICU and death rates.

Fauci raised the subject after President Donald Trump left the briefing halfway through on Tuesday evening.

Early data in the USA shows that African Americans are more likely to die from COVID-19, with experts pointing to longstanding disparities and inequalities in predominately Black neighborhoods.

But in another morning interview, the surgeon general said that CCP virus deaths in the United States could fall under the range of between 100,000 and 200,000 that has been suggested by White House officials in recent days.

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The facility reportedly has shortages of other personal protective equipment. That was an increase of 484 cases and 14 deaths from Saturday.

This week, data released by the Louisiana Department of Health showed that Black people account for 70 percent of coronavirus deaths in the state, despite making up just 32 percent of the population.

In Chicago, blacks make up 30% of the population but more than half of all COVID-19 cases and 72% of related deaths, Lightfoot said. "We are very concerned about that". Dr Deborah Brix, a member of the White House Task Force on coronavirus, asserted that they do not want to give the impression that the African-American community is more susceptible to the virus. "What our data suggests is they are more susceptible to more hard and severe disease and poorer outcomes, and we really need to make sure that every household is aware of what it's going to take to protect the individuals in that household that have pre-existing conditions", she said. Louisiana is another state that has been hit hard by the coronavirus and almost 70% of the people who have died there are African-American.

Trump's task force is working on providing support to the hard-hit African American community in the U.S.

"As some of you may know, the greater proportion of my professional career has been defined by HIV/AIDS, and if you go back then during that period of time when there was extraordinary stigma - particularly against the gay community - and it was only when the world realized how the gay community responded to this outbreak with incredible courage and dignity and strength and activism, that I think that really changed some of the stigma against the gay community, very much so", Fauci added. "I do expect that", Dr Fauci said in response to a question.

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