“Let’s promise ourselves that our memory of this tragic reality, that an infectious disease unequally kills people of color, will not fade,” the epidemiologist said in a virtual message, according to The Hill. “Correcting this error will require a commitment of decades. I urge you to be part of that commitment,” the doctor told them.
Healthcare is different for everyone
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced last fall that black Americans as well as Hispanics were dying at disproportionately higher rates from COVID-19 compared to non-Hispanic white Americans. The newspaper recalled that researchers have linked higher death rates in these groups to social factors, such as housing and employment, as well as some health factors, such as higher rates of diabetes and other underlying conditions in those communities.
Fauci also encouraged them to lean towards change and take advantage of new opportunities in their own professions and lives in a message in which he recalled the beginnings of his career and his decision to study infectious diseases at the National Institutes of Health in 1968 against the advice of many of his colleagues and mentors. EFE News
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