Trump & Pence Ignoring Disproportionate Impacts Of COVID-19

by HRC Staff

Post submitted by Lucas Acosta (he/him), former Deputy Director of Communications, Politics

Trump, Pence and our entire federal government are failing us.

The federal government is failing to address or even acknowledge the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on people of color and the LGBTQ community. Instead, they have limited access to health care by refusing to reopen the ACA exchanges and spouted untruth after untruth about the crisis. Trump, Pence and our entire federal government are failing us. 

In Michigan, African Americans account for 35% of confirmed cases and 40% of deaths despite only representing 14% of the state population

Detroit Free Press: African Americans lead in coronavirus cases, deaths in Michigan

Bridge Michigan: Black communities hit harder by coronavirus in Michigan, not just Detroit

The disproportionate impacts on people of color are being seen nationwide

ProPublica: Early Data Shows African Americans Have Contracted and Died of Coronavirus at an Alarming Rate

Rolling Stone: New Map Shows COVID-19 Is Hitting People of Color Hardest

BET: Philadelphia Sees Disproportionate Number Of Coronavirus Postives Among Black Population

LGBTQ people are also particularly at risk of contracting and having bad outcomes

NY Daily News: Coronavirus crisis puts many in LGBTQ community at ‘increased risk’ according to new report

The Grio: LGBTQ community uniquely impacted by COVID-19, research shows

The Hill: How the coronavirus presents a unique threat to the LGBTQ+ community

While Trump, Pence and their administration are failing to address the topic, Leaders in Congress are bringing it much needed attention

Black Enterprise: Democratic lawmakers want to collect racial data on virus testing in the wake of COVID-19

Sen. Kamala Harris: Harris, Lawmakers Urge HHS to Address Racial Disparities in Access to Testing and Treatment during the Coronavirus Pandemic