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African-Americans dying of coronavirus at higher rates, preliminary data shows

first_imgTopics : The new coronavirus is killing African-Americans at a higher rate than the US population at large, according to preliminary numbers from Louisiana, Michigan and Illinois that officials say point to disparities in health and healthcare access.The figures were reported by state and city leaders at briefings on the coronavirus, including Louisiana Governor John Edwards who said more than 70% of the 512 people killed by the coronavirus in Louisiana as of Monday were black, a much larger percentage than the state’s population that black people represent, about 33 percent.Michigan officials also said that the coronavirus took a disproportionate toll on African-Americans with 40% of the reported deaths in the state, whose population is 14% African-American. As of Tuesday, confirmed cases in Michigan were 18,970 with 845 deaths. Some officials at the CDC and various state health departments over the past week have privately said the data they are receiving from hospitals is inconsistent, which they attributed to the chaos of trying to keep people alive amid a pandemic. They said there were instances where health care providers did not check the boxes that provide demographic information on the patients.”If you end up in a situation where you are on a ventilator, and that ventilator is keeping your lungs working and your body is fighting off the infection, if your heart or your kidneys or your lungs are already weaker, you have a harder time fighting off that infection,” Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said at a briefing on the coronavirus on Monday.Civil rights groups and some lawmakers have criticized the CDC and some state health departments for not publicly releasing details on the racial breakdown of those dying or becoming critically ill from COVID-19.The CDC has not responded to requests for comment on the topic.Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Monday stood before charts at a briefing showing the inequalities between white and black coronavirus victims in her city. African-Americans account for 72% of coronavirus deaths despite representing just about one-third of Chicago’s population of 2.7 million.”Those numbers take your breath away,” said Lightfoot. “This is a call to action moment for all of us.”Lightfoot demanded that doctors and other hospital staff take the time to fill out paperwork so that leaders could better understand the pandemic.”It starts out with the disparity that has already existed in health care provision for people of color. We already started out with an unequal system of healthcare,” Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker said on Monday. “It gets massively exacerbated when you bring on something like COVID-19.”Overall in the United States, there were at least 397,000 confirmed coronavirus cases with more than 12,819 deaths as of Tuesday night, according to a Reuters tally of state and local government sources.center_img The data is preliminary and not national and does not explain what is causing the disparities. However, community leaders and public health officials said it could reflect both higher levels of underlying illnesses that make African-Americans more vulnerable as well as possibly lower levels of access to healthcare.US Surgeon General Jerome Adams, acknowledging the early data, said on Tuesday that black Americans were more likely to have heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.Diabetes, heart disease and long-term lung problems are the most common underlying conditions among Americans hospitalized with COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a report https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-usa-study/diabetes-lung-and-heart-disease-common-in-u-s-coronavirus-patients-cdc-idUSKBN21I3HM published on March 31. One in five people requiring intensive care had no such health issues, it said.QuanTez Pressley, a 33-year-old preacher at the Third New Hope Baptist Church in Detroit, said that issues such as lack of access to fresh foods and people crowded into small living quarters “make those individuals in marginalized communities more vulnerable to the worst outcomes of pandemics.”last_img read more

La Liga: Coronavirus set to force clubs keep out fans

first_img Loading… FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Read Also: UCL: Courtois a doubt for Real Madrid, Man City reverse fixtureLaLiga are waiting for the reports of the Spanish Autonomous Communities to take action for the next LaLiga Santander games and announce whether there will be matches played behind closed doors.UEFA have confirmed on Monday that the Champions League game between Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund and the Europa League tie between Olympiacos and Wolverhampton Wanderers will be held in front of empty stands. The Italian government suspended all sporting events on Monday, March 9 to April 3, while the Community of Madrid has ordered the closure of schools and universities in an attempt to halt the spread of the coronavirus.Meanwhile, a decision will be taken in the coming hours on whether matches of the upcoming matchday, scheduled for between March 13 and 15, will be held behind closed doors.The Spanish Minister of Health, Salvador Illa has confirmed that Sevilla will face Roma without fans in the stands of the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Promoted ContentCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopThe New Lara Croft Will Really Surprise You6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Rarest And Most Valuable Card In The Whole WorldA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?last_img read more

Harrison Afful fails to secure travel visa for Montenegro friendly

first_imgTunisia-based defender Harrison Afful has been ruled out of Ghana’s international friendly against Montenegro due to his inability to secure a travel visa.The Esperance full back failed to secure an entry visa to the European country for the friendly match to be played on Wednesday in Podgorica.The 27-year-old was in action for his club in the CAF Champions League over the weekend – where he helped his Tunisian club to an impressive win at Gor Mahia.Afful therefore drops out of the 21-man Black Stars squad for the game against Montenegro having failed to secure the requisite travel document when he returned with his club from their successful Champions League game in Kenya.The ex Asante Kotoko loanee will be unable to catch the eye of coach Kwesi Appiah before he names his World Cup squad in May even though it is widely believed that his position is safe.Vitoria Guimaraes left-back David Addy is most likely to be handed a start in the absence of Harrison Afful for the friendly against Montenegro on Wednesday.last_img read more