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African Americans are dying from COVID-19 at a higher rate than whites or Latinos, and that’s worrisome for health professionals.

Dr. Brittney Anderson with University Medical Center said there’s been a lot of misinformation suggesting African Americans aren’t as susceptible to the virus as other groups. Instead, many people in the black community have health issues resulting in worse coronavirus outcomes, like diabetes or high blood pressure, and they aren’t getting the medical treatment they require.

Anderson said health care organizations and researchers need to help get these problems addressed before the virus causes more harm.

“I’m really hopeful there’s a lot of positive research and calls for action that are in place now, and my prayer is that researches will do a good job of identifying some of the key points that need to be addressed,” Anderson said.

Residents in rural areas including the Black Belt need more attention on a local, state and national level, Anderson said. But that’s difficult when many rural counties lack or are losing proper medical facilities.

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