New York Low Income & Minority Communities Shoulder the Disproportionate Burden of COVID-19

In New York Low Income & Minority Communities Shoulder the Disproportionate Burden of COVID-19

That the U.S. healthcare system struggles with endemic problems isn’t a surprise to many; that a pandemic would expose a gaping chasm starkly revealing just how much lower income and minority communities disproportionately suffer and die in pandemic conditions evidences the need for an intelligent, creative and entrepreneurially-focused upgrade to the entire system as we know it—it is that time. The latest study highlighting the systemic imbalances in health systems across the country originates from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s just completed study showcasing substantial differences in COVID-19-related hospitalizations and deaths as those in poor and minority communities (e.g. African American, Hispanic) in New York disproportionately shoulder the burden of the pandemic.

The Setting

New York City has been the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in America with over 15% of the total cases nationally. Researchers from Boston used data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the American Hospital Association such as median household income, poverty, education), and hospital bed capacity across the five boroughs of New York City.  By evaluating rates per 100,000 people of...

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