Ask the Doc: Louisiana’s coronavirus deaths show disproportionate impact on African Americans

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The Louisiana Department of Health is starting to report the breakdown of coronavirus deaths across the state and the numbers are staggering.

According to LDH, 70% of the state’s coronavirus deaths are African Americans, showing the virus proving fatal for a group that makes up 32% of the state’s population.

Health officials have said those with underlying health issues are having a harder time fighting the coronavirus. The underlying health issues doctors are referring to include hypertension, diabetes and obesity; which studies show have long-impacted African Americans at disproportionate rates than any other racial group.

Our Lady of the Lake Physician Dr. Rani Whitfield discussed the new numbers, Tuesday on NBC Local33 News Toay, and how they are leading to a larger dialogue about health equity in communities across the nation.

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