From health to wealth, coronavirus attacks nation’s most vulnerable Congress study finds economic and racial gaps

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“A congressional report links underlying health maladies to higher incidences of coronavirus infection among black, brown and low-income Americans.

U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.), vice chair of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee, released a report that explains black, Latino and low-income people are more likely to have pre-existing conditions such as hypertension, chronic lung disease, diabetes and heart disease. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report found that 9 of 10 Americans hospitalized for coronavirus had those health conditions. In addition, they are more likely to work in service industries that put them in direct contact with people and often lack benefits like paid sick leave, health insurance and the flexibility to work from home”

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