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Healthcare Workers of Color and COVID 19

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    https://khn.org/news/health-care-workers-of-color-nearly-twice-as-likely-as-whites-to-get-covid-19/

    We know that blacks and other people of color are more likely to get COVID 19 and die from it compared to whites. However this article points to a disturbing trend among healthcare workers treating those with the disease. Black and Latino healthcare workers are also more likely to treat coronavirus patients and die from contracting the virus.

    Here's part of an article from Kaiser Health News :

    Health care workers of color were more likely to care for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, more likely to report using inadequate or reused protective gear, and nearly twice as likely as white colleagues to test positive for the coronavirus, a new study from Harvard Medical School researchers found.

    The study also showed that health care workers are at least three times more likely than the general public to report a positive COVID test, with risks rising for workers treating COVID patients.

    Dr. Andrew Chan, a senior author and an epidemiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, said the study further highlights the problem of structural racism, this time reflected in the front-line roles and personal protective equipment provided to people of color.

    “If you think to yourself, ‘Health care workers should be on equal footing in the workplace,’ our study really showed that’s definitely not the case,” said Chan, who is also a professor at Harvard Medical School.

    The study was based on data from more than 2 million COVID Symptom Study app users in the U.S. and the United Kingdom from March 24 through April 23. The study, done with researchers from King’s College London, was published in the journal The Lancet Public Health.

    Lost on the Frontline, a project by KHN and The Guardian, has published profiles of 164 health care workers who died of COVID-19 and identified more than 900 who reportedly fell victim to the disease. An analysis of the stories showed that 62% of the health care workers who died were people of color.

    Also according to the article researchers found healthcare workers of color were 50% more likely than whites to report using inadequate or reused PPE. Some workers also claimed they were discriminated against.

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    It does not surprise me at all. Since Trump is in power the "division" and "racism" has only increased. Also it is true that the most nasty jobs are assigned to "colored" people. Especially in FL we've got about 70% of colored people in the health industry. Some of them are "decent' but a lot of them "copy' the "white" one's in corruption within the trade. So due to the "mixture" here nothing will change for the better as long as our present "leader" stays in place. Furthermore if you observe what is happening at the border with "kids" and "women", then this country is right back at the "slave" period and does not give a shit about "human life" or compassion/decency. It looks more like an zombie Hitler regime all over again.
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    Dutch Wrote: It does not surprise me at all. Since Trump is in power the "division" and "racism" has only increased. Also it is true that the most nasty jobs are assigned to "colored" people. Especially in FL we've got about 70% of colored people in the health industry. Some of them are "decent' but a lot of them "copy' the "white" one's in corruption within the trade. So due to the "mixture" here nothing will change for the better as long as our present "leader" stays in place. Furthermore if you observe what is happening at the border with "kids" and "women", then this country is right back at the "slave" period and does not give a shit about "human life" or compassion/decency. It looks more like an zombie Hitler regime all over again.

    Thanks Dutch for your response and insights....however I did find your use of the word colored off putting. I'm sure you didn't mean it to be offensive, but the term is archaic and generally offensive among blacks and others. People of color is better. Thanks...

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    Yes that is another thing; "people of color" was never an issue in Europe except here it is so "touchy". I used to play for "black" Peter when we had on the 5th of December the Saint Nick parade. They dyed me black etc. and had to guide the horse of St.Nick (not Putin) it was a lot of fun. But I heard from the Netherlands that also they have an racial problem, thus no longer use "black painted" Peters' like me. Since I travelled the whole world I had to deal with lots of cultures and races. Never had a problem with them except in Nigeria when they shot at me because of them trying to hide an corrupt deal, but I got away in time. Yes the world is changing, but not for the better.

    Every "race" has good and "bad" people; it depends on who you meet or work with.