Reading Time: 4 minutes Youth of color and their families face significantly higher health risks associated with the coronavirus than their peers. According to the CDC, African-Americans accounted for one third (33 percent) of patients admitted to U.S. hospitals and a similar percentage of COVID-19 deaths (34 percent). Yet, African-Americans are just 13 percent of the U.S. population.
Reading Time: 8 minutes As life under quarantine took hold in the United States and around the world, global consumption of Internet pornography rose. Porn Web sites reported increased traffic; sex workers with already-popular fan pages saw an increase in new subscribers. Receding into our homes, we looked for distraction and titillation and intimacy through our computers and phones. A few sex workers told me that their labor should be classified as essential—and they were only partly joking.
Vox: “I am considering myself an essential worker”: An imam on carrying out Muslim funerals amid the pandemic
Reading Time: 7 minutes Occasionally, Ali performs a burial for someone who has no friends or family to mourn them. With so many funerals performed back to back, he asks other families to join him in praying for the deceased.
Reading Time: 3 minutes There has a big push in recent weeks to reopen the state’s economy, which has been hurt by the stay-at-home orders. Gov. Gavin Newsom last week announced new protocols for retail stores and some workplaces to reopen.
Reading Time: 2 minutes The human immune system holds important clues about how people naturally detect and defend against disease. For COVID-19, many people have been able to defeat the virus because of their natural defense systems. Now researchers are working to learn from these survivors’ immune systems to inform the development of new tests.
Reading Time: < 1 minute These women are among the 2.4 million janitors working on the front lines of COVID-19 in the U.S. — and they say cleaners like them are underpaid, undervalued, and lack proper protection. In partnership with Times Up.
RACE FORWARD’S STATEMENT ON DISPROPORTIONATE COVID-19 CASES AND DEATHS IN BLACK AND LATINX COMMUNITIES: IT’S TIME TO LEAD WITH RACIAL EQUITY
Reading Time: 2 minutes People of color are more likely to be working in “essential” jobs, and therefore are at much greater risk of exposure to COVID-19. Health inequities, seen in preexisting conditions such as hypertension, obesity, diabetes, asthma, lack of access to quality health care, and underemployment are all factors that increase COVID-19 complications in patients of color. Coronavirus kills, and structural racism is its accomplice.
Reading Time: 4 minutes While longer lockdowns will constrain economic activity, the IMF said quarantines and social distancing measures were vital.
It said: “Upfront containment measures are essential to slow the spread of the virus and allow health care systems to cope and to help pave the way for an earlier and more robust resumption of economic activity.
“Uncertainty and reduced demand for services could be even worse in a scenario of greater spread without social distancing”