American black and brown minorities worst hit during coronavirus pandemic

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Minorities in the United States are being disproportionately affected by the spread of coronavirus due to economic disparities and lack of data collection.

According to Politico, black and brown American communities are being heavily affected by the spread of coronavirus in the U.S. In addition, not enough information on the spread in these communities is being collected, affecting efforts to ameliorate the situation.

Five Florida counties stated that African American and Latino patients infected with coronavirus are being hospitalized and, at times, dying at faster rates than white patients.

According to a statement from Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, a little more than 70 percent of COVID-19 deaths in the state were from African American patients.

However, not all information related to the testing and treatment of these minorities is being released, making it difficult for authorities to provide proper help to curtail the spread of the virus in these communities.

Fewer individuals belonging to these groups have access to health insurance, further exacerbating the lack of information.

Data collected by doctors at the universities of Virginia and Pittsburgh, in collaboration with data-tracking firm Rubix, indicate that although thousands of individuals belonging to these minorities presented symptoms of coronavirus, they were not receiving testing.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Lack of information of COVID-19 infections among minorities
2. Minorities affected in Florida and Louisiana
3. Lack of data regarding effect of coronavirus on minorities
4. Minorities presenting symptoms are not being tested

VOICEOVER (in English):

"According to Politico, black and brown American communities are being heavily affected by the spread of coronavirus in the U.S. On top of that, not enough information on the spread in these communities is being collected, affecting efforts to ameliorate the situation."

"Five Floridian counties stated that African American and Latino patients infected with coronavirus are being hospitalized and, at times, even dying at faster rates than white patients."

"According to a statement from Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, a little more than 70 percent of COVID-19 deaths in the state were from African American patients."

"However, not all information related to the testing and treatment of these minorities is being released, making it difficult for authorities to provide proper help to curtail the spread of the virus in these communities."

"Also, fewer individuals belonging to these groups have access to health insurance, further exacerbating the lack of information."

"Moreover, data collected by doctors at the universities of Virginia and Pittsburgh, in collaboration with data-tracking firm Rubix, indicate that although thousands of individuals belonging to these minorities presented symptoms of coronavirus, they were not receiving testing."

SOURCE: Politico
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/20/minority-cases-coronavirus-197203
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/06/coronavirus-demographics-170353