Tanya Fields had textbook COVID-19 symptoms. She was lethargic, and experienced chills, body aches, fever and a dry cough. Rather than going to the hospital, she opted to recover in her three-bedroom South Bronx apartment with no real way to isolate from her six children. “Black folks don’t get treated well in hospitals and so if I can stay at home and get better, if I don’t need a prescription from the hospital, why the hell am I going?,” Fields, an activist, told ABC News. Rana Mungin, an asthmatic and teacher from East New York, Brooklyn, wasn’t admitted to the hospital for COVID-19 symptoms until her third visit when she could barely breathe. On the 30-year-old’s second attempt to receive care, her sister Mia, a nurse, said an ambulance attendant didn’t take her concerns seriously. “He tried to insinuate that she was having a panic attack, you know, and he was trying to really convince her not to go to the hospital,” said Mia Mungin. The next day, on her third visit to the hospital, Rana Mungin was intubated and remained on a ventilator for 30 days before being moved to a long-term care facility in New Jersey, the closest

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