“Data has shown that COVID-19 has had a disproportionate effect on communities of color, particularly African Americans who constitute to a disproportionately high rate of infection and death. Decades of research has shown that African Americans receive inferior medical care than their white counterparts which has lead to mistrust in the medical system. The article implores healthcare systems to check for implicit bias that might lead to unequal care provided to the African American community.
A poll conducted by the NAACP revealed that 80 percent of National survey of African Americans rated Trump’s performance negatively in his handling of the pandemic response. States and local governments received better ratings in their handling of the pandemic response. These ratings differed geographically with states like New York and Pennsylvania receiving better ratings than states like Georgia and Florida.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected communities of faith in two ways, the inability of congregations and the deaths to church members and religious leaders. Around 33 African American bishops, reverends and pastors have passed away as a result of the coronavirus. A health commission has been formed to devise strategies to encourage church goers to follow CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of the disease.