Dr. Anthony Fauci, The primary US health official in the fight against the coronovirus epidemic, said the “undeniable effects of racism” have resulted in health disparities that have harmed people of color in the US as COVID-19 has deteriorated.
Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in a virtual address at the graduation ceremony of Emory University in Atlanta on Sunday (May 16), “COVID-19 sheds a bright light on the failures of our own society Is inserted. “
He told the graduates that many members of minority communities work in essential services jobs that could potentially leave them in contact with coronaviruses. Also, conditions such as high blood pressure, obesity, chronic lung disease and diabetes increase the likelihood of infection.
“Now, very few of these comradesities have racial determinants,” Fauci said. “Almost all are related to the social determinants of health, dating back to unfavorable conditions, which some people of color find from birth to adequate dietary availability, access to health care, and the undeniable effects of racism in our society Huh.”
Fauci said it would take decades for the effects of racism to change, but he told the graduates that they should work to be part of that solution.
“Humanity has not faced a public health crisis of this magnitude since the 1918 influenza epidemic,” he said. “Each of you deserves a lot of respect for your exceptional adaptability, flexibility and dedication to learning, completing your studies and graduating despite immense difficulties and uncertainties.”
Fauci, who was awarded the Emory University Presidential Medal on Sunday, tasked the graduates with removing divisions in the country that have intensified since the arrival of the epidemic.
“The social divide is upside down in an epidemic,” Fauci said. “We should not be with each other because the virus is the enemy, not each other.”