Dr. Haqqani: Healthcare industry begins responding to racial disparity

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Omar P. Haqqani, for the Daily News
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1:12 am EDT, Monday, September 14, 2020

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Dr. Haqqani: Healthcare industry begins responding to racial disparity    

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As the COVID-19 crisis continues, racial disparity in health care becomes more obvious. Compared to Caucasian or non-Hispanic people, the American Indian or Alaska Native (AI/AN) Asian, African American and Latino communities are one to almost three times as likely to contract the coronavirus. Hospitalization and death rates for the total population of each group also increases as well, compared to Caucasian rates.

The most recent information now includes new statistics regarding certain communities of color that have not previously come to light. Two recent developments show that the health care profession is beginning to respond to the inequities more aggressively.

CDC responds to new facts regarding certain communities

One of the highest-risk racial and ethnic minority groups for COVID-19 is American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently confirmed that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases among AI/AN was 3.5 times that of non-Hispanic whites. …

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