There are no official statistics that show the coronavirus’ toll by demographic, but in some communities the pandemic appears to be disproportionately affecting people of color.National correspondent Jericka Duncan reports that African Americans have higher rates of the underlying health issues (such as diabetes or asthma) that can lead to death by coronavirus. Because of that, Milwaukee Health Commissioner Jeanette Kowalik, who calls racism a public health issue, is taking the lead by collecting data she says could save lives.”We’re in the middle of a storm right now; we need as much data as possible,” said Kowalik, who oversees roughly a million residents in Milwaukee County in Wisconsin. “Right now, we’re flying blind.”Early data shows African Americans have contracted and died of coronavirus at an alarming rate (ProPublica)She said, of the 40 people who have died so far because of the coronavirus in her county, about 80% were black. Right now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is not collecting data on the race of those who have tested positive for, or died from, coronavirus.When asked why it is important to document the race of those who are infected and dying, Dr. Uché Blackstock, founder and CEO of Advancing


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