We need data collection of Coronavirus infections reported by race!

We need data collection of Coronavirus infections reported by race!

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John Eaves started this petition to The U.S. Congress and

The outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has infected and killed more than 2,000 people in the United States. Scientists, epidemiologists, and other public health experts believe the worst is yet to come. States like New York, California, Florida and Georgia are experiencing the impacts of this pandemic. Due to the lack of early testing, not having test kits available, and misinformation from the White House, many experts do not believe the current number of Americans infected represents a true and accurate picture of what we are up against. Nor is the federal government providing a consistent message on procedures to defeat COVID-19 and save lives.

History has taught us that national disasters typically impact communities of color in a more unequitable way. Existing disparities related to social determinants of health become more pronounced, and keep our most vulnerable citizens on a socioeconomic and life expectancy death spiral. 

Therefore, I am calling for federal, state, and local health officials to track the number of people of color who have tested positive for COVID-19 and how many have died from this virus. African-Americans, Latinos, and Native American communities may not receive equal access to tests and treatments. Diseases, such as diabetes, high-blood pressure, are disproportionately found in these communities. It is important to note that these conditions create a higher-risk factor for transmission and death from COVID-19.

Today, over 140,000 cases have been confirmed and the death toll continues to rise in the U.S. While the overall count is important, health officials have not released the information on race. It is imperative that we see this data because it can help government officials and communities color address these needs and stand up a reliable platform to engage those at higher-risk.

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