(source: Dr. Robert Ballard) “Father of Environmental Justice”
Two important pieces of coronavirus research have come out in recent weeks. One showed that African Americans are getting infected and dying from Covid-19 at disproportionately high rates. The other found that counties with higher levels of pollution are seeing greater numbers of coronavirus deaths than cleaner ones.
The data in both reports is preliminary. But environmental experts said that together, the statistics pointed to a troubling story of vulnerability in communities of color.
There is still much more to be learned. Many cities and states still are not reporting coronavirus data by race, and experts note that other factors, like income, also are in play. The pollution study, from the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health, looks at aggregated data from counties, not individual cases, so it offers little insight into the role pollution plays in susceptibility to the coronavirus. LINK
Creed Comments: The coronavirus mortality data is shining a light on the correlation between race, pollution and health. These problems are institutional. Climate justice must be addressed.
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