It’s painfully obvious that COVID-19 appears to be indiscriminate in who does and does not get infected. Yet, some democrats are demanding insight into racial data regarding COVID-19 cases, while others claim that the “wealth gap” is an underlying medical condition that can heighten one’s chances of infection.
Like a Time Life infomercial, Elizabeth Warren and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are singing some of their greatest hits.
Mainly the ones about race, and the display seems more ill-timed than a karaoke party at a funeral.
Overall, the U.S. has been doing a pretty bang-up job with gathering relevant information related to COVID-19 and the viral spread.
The key word there being “relevant.”
Yet, Elizabeth Warren wants to see a racial breakdown to see if the virus disproportionately affects certain demographics. The motivation behind that is to somehow try to locate possible “racial disparities.”
Here’s what the failed presidential candidate posted on Twitter about said desires:
“Our health care system is rife with racial disparities. Racial data on [COVID-19] will be critical to ensuring an equitable and just response to this crisis across the board. But we don’t have that data—yet.”
That’s why last week @AyannaPressley and I sent a letter to HHS urging them to collect and release racial data on coronavirus. I’m grateful that our colleagues @CoryBooker, @KamalaHarris and @RobinLynneKelly have signed on—and I urge others to do the same.https://t.co/M62oNoFZQV
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) April 3, 2020
Finding out this information, i.e. a racial breakdown of infection nationally, would require some intense collaboration across the states and also wasting time reviewing previous infections of those deceased or recovered.
Right now, a bigger focus needs to be applied to treating all of those in need, regardless of race, and dedicating resources to study the virus – not studying its racial impact.
Apparently, plenty of others carry similar sentiments that race should be left out of this epidemic.
This is Sickening. This virus or any other virus doesn't know color. It effects all Americans. It is discusting to even bring it up. All are getting treated.
— INDEPENDENT GIRL (@mitigirl) April 4, 2020
One person replied to Warren’s tweet with:
“As an African American this is why I left the Democratic party. It’s the same old stuff over and over. Everything is based on RACE, RACE, RACE party is so myopic!!!”
Another user replied with:
“This made me want to vomit. Do you want them to stop important work to count up the colors of those that died?”
There’s logic in those responses as well, as there are more pressing issues to address than just seeing if hospitals might not be administering care to certain demographics or if the virus disproportionately affects minorities.
Furthermore, the notion that hospitals would be turning away minorities leans more on the outrageous side. Every hospital treats people based upon severity of the circumstances in emergency situations, not based upon one’s race.
Then, there’s AOC with her recent two-cents:
“COVID deaths are disproportionately spiking in Black + Brown communities. Why? Because the chronic toll of redlining, environmental racism, wealth gap, etc. ARE underlying health conditions. Inequality is a comorbidity. COVID relief should be drafted with a lens of reparations.”
COVID deaths are disproportionately spiking in Black + Brown communities.
Why? Because the chronic toll of redlining, environmental racism, wealth gap, etc. ARE underlying health conditions.
Inequality is a comorbidity. COVID relief should be drafted with a lens of reparations.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 3, 2020
Now, AOC made this claim that “Back + Brown” communities are showing alarming rates of infection per capita – without showing any data to back up her claim. Now, she might have been eluding to a single study released that showed the infection rate of COVID-19 in Illinois in this claim.
The study showed that 28% of those infected in Illinois were black, while the state of Illinois is about 14% black overall. But here’s the kicker, that’s for the entire state of Illinois.
Would it be crazy to imagine that perhaps the most populated cities are going to be affected the worst by COVID-19?
Yet, trying to ascertain race in all this mess, or viewing things via an economic inequality lens is pointless. We’ve seen celebrities pass from the virus, those of reasonable wealth, middle class, and lower class have fallen or been infected as well.
The CDC has said time and again who are more at risk during the pandemic for COVID-19 complications. These are our elderly and those prone to respiratory issues and other mentioned medical conditions. No matter one’s race or financial well-being, everyone can take preventative measures in this time to stay safe.
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