Coronavirus comes for Detroit: Why certain Michigan residents are at higher risk
Shomari Stone watched as, one by one, five of his family members tested positive for the coronavirus in Michigan.”My grandmother tested positive. My uncle tested positive,” Stone, who now lives in Maryland, said. Stone’s father-in-law and two of his cousins have also been diagnosed. All live near Detroit.Full coverage of the coronavirus outbreakStone’s story is not unique; there have been nearly 6,500 coronavirus cases in Michigan so far, particularly in the southeastern part of the state, where Detroit is located, including Wayne, Macomb and Oakland counties.Those areas are also reporting significantly higher numbers of deaths. As of Monday afternoon, Michigan had reported 184 deaths, with 110 in those three counties alone.Higher-than-average rates of certain chronic conditions, including asthma, may make Detroit residents more vulnerable to severe complications of the disease. The prevalence of asthma is 29 percent higher among adults in Detroit than those living in the rest of the state, according to a 2016 report from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Let our news meet your inbox. The news and stories that matters, delivered weekday mornings.”Anybody that has chronic lung disease, including asthma, would be more susceptible to getting any respiratory tract infection, including coronavirus,” Dr.