Jenn DeCima sees the disproportionate impact that COVID-19 is having on communities of color in America. She wants others to know that staying informed — whether about your testing options, your underlying conditions, or your healthcare provider — is key to staying healthy and COVID-free this summer.
“🖤We’ve been talking about racism in law enforcement a lot recently but racism is also heavily present in the medical field (usually referred to as medical bias) which is something that isn’t talked about as often but plays a huge role in why so many of the most vulnerable members of our society are being affected by COVID-19. According to the the numbers, COVID-19 has had a disproportionate impact on POC (specifically black people) and we know why.⠀
Due to systemic racism they’re more likely to have lower incomes, live in more densely populated areas with more people per household, and are disproportionately working essential jobs that don’t allow for social distancing. They’re also the largest population in the prison system and homeless shelters in America. This same institutionalized racism contributes to a lack of medical facilities in their communities, a lack of health insurance, and their valid medical concerns not being treated with the seriousness that it deserves. All of which leads to their communities being more likely to already have underlying conditions that complicate treating COVID-19 if they’re even able to be tested or treated. ⠀
Here in Sacramento and around the world people have been protesting every single day in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement which has made it impossible for us to effectively social distance. Our community has been coming together to provide as many masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer as we can to help protesters stay safe but that isn’t enough. I want to urge all of you to click the link in my bio to find a FREE testing site in your community as well as a lot of important petitions, fundraisers, and information.”