One reason why coronavirus hits black people the hardest

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One reason why coronavirus hits black people the hardest 4

Toxic air can weaponize the coronavirus.

Across the US, black people are dying from Covid-19 at disproportionately high rates. While there are many different factors at play behind the stark racial disparities — there’s one possible reason that’s been lurking in the air for decades: pollution.

The long history of segregation and housing discrimination has long put black people at greater risk of living near chemical plants, factories and highways, exposing them to higher levels of air pollutants. These pollutants have had a chronically negative impact on health, leading to conditions like hypertension and asthma. Now, those same diseases are associated with severe cases of Covid-19, and showing that where you live can determine whether you survive from Covid-19.

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Don’t forget the Navajo nation has the highest infection rates in the WHOLE country..

Author — fool of a took


i won't refrain from stating how impressed i am with the graphics in this presentation. it's incredibly detailed and complements the material very well.

Author — geekdiggy


It's not just the air, it's also the water people drink and the dirt little kids play in. Air pollution eventually falls with the rain into the earth and open water.

Author — Christa L


Basically, people who are living in polluted areas are more susceptible to Corona Virus.

Author — Funtertainment


Whoever directed this video and did the research needs a big WELLDONETHANKYOU.

Author — Dwight Ceesyu


Racial inequality simply reflects the absence of social mobility. Born poor stays poor. What else would you expect from a country where education costs a fortune. And then these people have no access to healthcare (prevention, MRI, CT) - so we get what we get. Air pollution is only a small part of the story.

Author — Artem A


I live in Louisiana and didn't know alot of what was in this video. Thank you for exposing this.

Author — Vertia the Green


i guess vox is just trying to simplify this, but treating “PM2.5” as just another carcinogenic particle in air is incorrect. it just refers to any particles smaller than 2.5microns in diameter.

Author — Nugu


I've lived in cancer alley (St. Charles Parish) for the past 15 years, and I can say that I do smell weird smells in the air sometimes. No one in my area is talking about it though. We have low coronavirus cases thankfully, though. If anyone is going to say this is because of a lack of testing, thankfully, our parish has been very ahead of the game with COVID. We have had testing sites where anyone can get tested since almost the beginning of the pandemic. You just show up and they test you. I was tested and was very impressed with my parish.

Author — Jacob Fisher


Wait, there's an old cemetary in the middle of a chemical plant?! Daheck...

Author — andersdenkend


So this is why there's so many factories in my neighborhood:(

Author — Silvia Borja


South Africa is case example all planned black residencies during Apartheid were place strategical, where industrial polluted air, mine dumps, acid water, sink holes happens, one common denominator!

Author — Vast People


_Opens video_
_immediately pause_
_scrolls directly to the comments_

Author — Count Orlok


Calls itself the land of the free, home of the brave and violates every human right you can think of

Author — Ayrton Gomesz


I'm about to start a shrimpin' boat businesses.

Author — DangerDave


This video reminds me of movie "Dark Waters" (2019). The movie is based on true story about how pollution affect people's life

Author — Kevin Lee


As a lifetime Baton Rouge resident most of my family has asthma and heart problems and live much longer when they move out the state

Author — ASAP Justice


The moment I heard this statistic, I knew it had to do with racial disparity. Thanks for offering a reason.

Author — dyscea


baton rouge born and raised and this is sadly accurate

Author — Stewart R


The laws that enforced racism are gone
but the scars they made can still be felt today

Author — IMM