People wear masks in New York on May 13.

People wear masks in New York on May 13. Mary Altaffer/AP

GovExec Daily: Racial Disparities in Coronavirus Treatment

Dr. Tina Sacks joins the show to discuss how the federal government can bridge the gaps in health care and outcomes for racial minorities during and after the pandemic.

The coronavirus is infecting and killing black Americans at an alarming rate, data show. In D.C., for example, African Americans account for more than 75% of deaths, while making up 49% of the population. In an analysis done last month of the early morbidity numbers, the Associated Press found similar numbers in multiple cities.

Professor Tina Sacks is an assistant professor in the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley and is the author of Invisible Visits: Black Middle Class Women in the American Healthcare System. She also worked at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on public health policy with special emphasis in environmental and women’s health programs. Dr. Sacks joined the podcast to discuss the racial disparities among COVID-19 death rates and what is contributing to them. 

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