The COVID-19 Pandemic Exposes Health Equity Gaps in the US: the Social, Economic, and Environmental Determinants of Health
The increased incidence of COVID-19 is associated with high-risk populations of color and with lower socioeconomic background for multiple reasons including work exposure and living situations
Increases in chronic disease conditions, such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and cancer, are found in lower socio-economic groups as well as African American and Latinx populations. These are risk factors for more severe COVID-19.
We are all living during the time of the pandemic. The world waits in anticipation of the passing of this virus. We brace ourselves for a turbulent exit, with a glimmer of hope as vaccines are becoming available soon. During the past week, the United States has seen more than 150,000 cases on average each day. As we weather the storm of the third wave of COVID-19 cases, it looks like it is going to get worse before it gets better.