In a six-part series, USA TODAY investigates how racist policies of the past and present have fueled high COVID-19 deaths in communities of color.
Put simply, America’s history of racism was itself a preexisting condition.
How COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting people of color Communities of color are dying at higher rates from the novel coronavirus than white Americans.
Cultural barriers complicate responseIn San Francisco, community activists are worried that the number of Asian Americans getting COVID-19 is being vastly underreported.
Of the county’s nearly 12,000 positive test results, only 12% are Asian American, yet Asian Americans have made up 38% of the death count.