So, now Covid-19 is racist

Guardian Racial Justice

The topic of racial differences in health matters has been raised here before, and I find it disturbing that instead of acknowledging those genetic differences and adjusting treatment, and preventive measures, accordingly the Guardian looks for racial bias to explain the more severe consequences of Vovid-19 infections among Black men.

11 thoughts on “So, now Covid-19 is racist

  1. Apparently we read two different articles.

    Perhaps you see everything through a racial lens and I don’t, but the article I read was focused on disparities in health care based socioeconomic factors that “happen” to correlate positively to race (shocking!).

    Such disparities do exist and there does continue to be a disproportionate allocation Of public health that may be a factor in the poorer health outcomes that we’re seeing.

    Portraying the article as a “racist” hit piece I think misses the point.

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    1. The primary health issue contributing to the higher death rate among Blacks in New Orleans has been determined to be the incidence of Type 2 diabetes.

      Diabetes is a genetic disorder amplified by lifestyle issues.

      Differences in health care do not change genetics.

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      1. Nobody suggested that there are not underlying genetic racial differences that contribute to the disparities. And nobody is trying to make it “racist” per se.

        If you want to examine actual overt racism I suggest you look to what the Wisconsin GOP did yesterday…

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      2. “Differences in health care do not change genetics.”

        No, but access to treatment can greatly affect outcomes. Part of “lifestyle issues” include not having access to better health care.

        You’ve never suffered that, and neither have I. However, I grew up with many folks who did not have access who’s health would have been greatly affected positively if they could have gone to the doctor on a regular basis.

        Attempted playing of the race card by you is … something you have accused others of doing

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        1. I did not play the race card. I am calling the Guardian for doing exactly that.

          The lifestyle issues I noted when I lived in New Orleans have not changed.

          Obesity, alcoholism, smoking(including marijuana) and untreated Hepatitis C are the enhancers of Diabetes that are characteristic of NOLA.

          New Orleans has had a Charity Hospital System for 80 years. The ER functions as a primary care doctor for the indigent. (I worked there at one time.)

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          1. “I am calling the Guardian for doing exactly that.”

            Horse feathers! The Guardian only reported what several other news organizations have reported: That COVID-19 has a greater effect on Black males then other portions of society. Yes, there are underlying causes that dictate that, and the other news organizations all discussed it in their reporting (NPR comes to mind).

            But to say something like “The ER functions as a primary care doctor for the indigent.” is a smoke screen to hide the issue of affordable, accessible health care for ALL. If you can access an actual primary care physician, you have a better chance to receive preventative care that could possibly mitigate the underlying issues.

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          2. The problem wit ER care as the “primary care” is that chronic diseases don’t get the care needed. And, as Adam pointed out, preventative care is not part of the ER protocol.

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          3. The Charity Hospital ER is not the same as the ER’s you are accustomed to. It dates back to when Huey Long ran Louisiana.

            Charity Hospital is/was a teaching hospital for both LSU and Tulane Medical schools. The ER functions as an entry point for referral to the different clinics in the 2 medical schools.

            So, diabetics who go into the ER get referrals to the Internal Medicine and Family Practice clinics for ongoing care.

            The problem we had when I was there was getting the patients to continue their care. It was ‘free’ but even so, most patients did not follow through with their referrals.

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          4. RE: “I did not play the race card. I am calling the Guardian for doing exactly that.”

            I see what you mean. It’s right in the title of the Guardian piece: “It’s a racial justice issue.”

            A rational person would take race variables in stride, both in disease response and in other matters. But instead, we get wildly irrational stories like this one.

            The same is true of the virus as a whole. I looked up the probability of pandemics. A common estimate is that the probability of an influenza-like contagion is about 1% per year. And yet we have people who claim, in public, that had they known the odds — and they could have — they would have taken the risk more seriously than others did.

            And so it goes.

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          5. Yes John, it is “racial inequality” as a result of socioeconomic inequality that continues to permeate the fabric of our Country.

            THAT was the point of the article.

            And, I’d still stay away from that math thingy…

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