Some media outlets and public figures have heralded the ongoing pandemic as a great equalizer, referencing the pathogen's indiscriminate spread and disregard for national borders and tax brackets. The sobering mortality statistics, however, dispense any notion of an equal-opportunity crisis, revealing a familiar theme among public health challenges in America: significant racial disparities exist, and communities of color are disproportionately affected. CDC data show that blacks account for 29% of confirmed infections ...

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