Thinking About Racial Disparities in COVID-19 Impacts Through a Science-Informed, Early Childhood Lens [developingchild.harvard.edu]

 

By Jack P. Shonkoff and David R. Williams, Center on the Developing Child, April 27, 2020

The COVID-19 virus is ruthlessly contagious and, at the same time, highly selective. Its capacity to infect is universal, but the consequences of becoming infected are not. While there are exceptions, children are less likely to show symptoms, older adults and those with pre-existing medical conditions are the most susceptible, and communities of color in the United States are experiencing dramatically higher rates of hospitalization and death. As we all come together around the world to halt the spread of this brutal pandemic, it’s critical to understand why some of us are more likely to be affected than others, and what all of us can do about it. Every person’s health is intertwined with the health of everyone elseβ€”especially when dealing with such a highly infectious virus.

Because COVID-19 is a new disease, scientists are just beginning to learn about its distinctive features. We know that its greatest harm is inflicted on the respiratory system, so people with impaired lung function or a compromised immune system are at greatest risk for more severe illness. Certain pre-existing medical conditions are also associated with increased risk, with hypertension, obesity, heart disease, and diabetes (conditions that are more prevalent among African Americans) among the most worrisome. And while the continuing inadequacy of current COVID-19 testing and tracking data in the U.S. makes definitive conclusions particularly challenging at this point in time, it’s likely that people of color are being tested at lower rates, thereby undercounting the already disproportionate numbers of those most affected.

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This is a sloppy article by some under informed Harvard big shots. First this is not ruthlessly contagious we all carry the corona virus as a waste product of our cells just like we all have cancer cells.  There is no scientific evidence that the flu is contagious at all. Then the test they give have a 80% failure rate for detecting this cell shedding toxin we are calling the flu. This is not a pandemic any more than a regular flu we get each year.  The death rate is to date .034%. That is 34 one hundredth of 1%. Granted it is a bad flu but is not a horrible pandemic.  I see no mention that Covid 19 is a man made chimera virus.  So this article is just more fear mongering and alarming misinformation of much to do about the normal flu. This flu is real but all the rest is a gigantic over blown hoax and false flag politely called a drill for preparedness that the government never disclose to the public. Much like the 2000 plus active shooter drills conducted by the CIA with crisis actors and fake reporting. 

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