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How the pandemic's unequal toll on people of color underlines U.S. health inequities

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By Abubakarr Jalloh

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Anecdotal comment here, when I used to run, I would wake up at 4 and run for 1.5 hours, shower get on the bus and go to work. Downtown I would see huge people smoking a cigarette eating a donut, kinda stood out to me as a choice people make. Still believe that much of it is a choice people make, might be harder for some than others, but as one of my favorite teachers in highschool said,"but, but that's not fair Mr. Carlson!".

Sometimes it is not inequaty of opportunity, but inequaty effort.

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OMG, So many things wrong here, and I know many people of color that will tell you, That is up to the individual to take care of his health and provide for it.

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People of color? What color? What does that mean? I smell some severe discrimination, because that also implies that I am probably lacking of any of those colors! lol

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This is really about poverty. Poverty 1st, colour 2nd. I’d like to see some stats on that, with poverty as the major criterion.

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People with dark skin produce less vitamin D with sun exposure; their rate of vitD insufficiency is very much higher than for whites.

Among the first doctors and other healthcare workers that died in the UK from Covid, almost all had dark skin. So it's not mainly about poverty. In North America and Europe, everyone should be supplementing with vitD in winter, and those with dark skin should supplement all year.

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Does this mean that Covid was genetically engineered to target "people of color?"

Or was it simply a coincidence that while first discovered in China, it is the USA experiencing over half a million new cases per day?

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Raw Beer:

I agree that Vitamin D is useful, I take a daily dose myself. But when it comes to Covid it’s a minor factor, compared to the manifold inequities that result from poverty, as clearly stated in the article and in many other studies worldwide into this and other health issues.

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