Black Americans More Likely to Know Someone Who Died From COVID-19


Poll: Black Americans most likely to know a COVID-19 victim

by Kat Stafford and Hannah Fingerhut/AP News

DETROIT (AP) — African Americans are disproportionately likely to say a family member or close friend has died of COVID-19 or respiratory illness since March, according to a series of surveys conducted since April that lays bare how black Americans have borne the brunt of the pandemic.

Eleven percent of African Americans say they were close with someone who has died from the coronavirus, compared with 5% of Americans overall and 4% of white Americans.

The findings are based on data from three COVID Impact surveys conducted between April and June by NORC at the University of Chicago for the Data Foundation about the pandemic’s effect on the physical, mental and social health of Americans.

While recent surveys conducted by the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research have found that black Americans are especially likely to know someone who had the virus, the new data from the COVID Impact research further details the toll the pandemic has taken on black Americans.

Pre-existing conditions and limited access to health care have been identified as reasons black Americans have been particularly susceptible to the virus. Experts and medical professionals say the longstanding effects of structural racism and generational trauma exacted upon black Americans ….read more:


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  1. Vitamin D is fat soluble which means the body can not readily break it down to get rid of it, such as with vitamin C which is water soluble. You can get vitamin D toxicity, hypervitaminosis D) which although rare can be a serious condition. Vitamin D toxicity is usually caused by taking too much of a vitamin supplement, not by dietary intake or from exposure to the sun. The main consequence of vitamin D toxicity is a buildup of calcium in your blood (hypercalcemia), which can cause nausea and vomiting, weakness,and can progress to kidney problems (formation of calcium kidney stones) as well as bone pain.

  2. Vitamin D was discovered in 1920, which ended a long search to find a cure/prevention for a painful childhood bone disease. Within 10 years, foods were being fortified with Vitamin D. The most obvious fortification is in milk. Vitamin D is necessary for health, but in very small amounts. Actually vitamin D is really not a vitamin as it is made by the human body. The sun’s energy turns a chemical in your skin into vitamin D3, which is carried to your liver and then your kidneys to transform it to active vitamin D. Vitamin D increases the intestinal absorption of calcium. Without absorption of calcium children get rickets, adults develop osteomalacia/osteoporosis. So yes, the sun is necessary for this aspect of health, but NOT necessary or useful for conditions of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes all of which Africans have more of a chance of having.

  3. Rpm1945, Sunlight has nothing to do with the propensity for Africans to have high blood pressure, heart disease, sickle cell disease. Genetics plays a huge part of these health concerns for the African race. COVID-19 kills those with underlying medical conditions. Also, African Americans as well as Latinos are often subject to a background of lack of health insurance, lack of accessible health care, low paying jobs without healthcare, crowded living situations, lower socio-economic status, social environment, and physical environment, working at jobs that put them in close contact with others. There is no complication to this.

  4. Also because whats going around world stemmed from a covert bioweaponed-virus attack on IRAN the first part of February,
    It nanoengineered and designed to kill dark skinned black haired people with big noses…(Persians)….and this is what went through Italy, Spain, Europe, then into USA, not so much the “wuhan” virus.
    Its mutating has gone rogue will kill any race, but still targets the darker skinned people.
    Why does Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus have such low death rates? 97% white skinned populations.

    • Why do you think you know that despite the lack of any scientific proof to support your theory? You are displaying a shocking level ofintellectual arrogance as a direct product of your ignorance.

    • @konehead
      There are no genetic weapons that target specific groups of people based on specific racial characteristics. This is still talk from the field of fiction. I’d call it bullshit. We may come to this one day, but not today or even tomorrow.

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