For Black Americans, Conquering COVID-19 Begins With Facing "Facts, Fears & Honest Dialogue"
According to Stanford, Black and Hispanic people have made up 58% of all patience hospitalized for COVID-19 and 53% of those who died from the disease. The CDC has noted that systemic discrimination has affected the well-being of marginalized groups during the pandemic. And the National Urban League has concluded that Black Americans are infected with COVID-19 at nearly three times the rate of white Americans.
That's why MusiCares put together Facts, Fears And Honest Dialogue, a dynamic panel of leading creative lights, music industry professionals and medical experts in the spirit of dispelling the myths regarding COVID-19 and the vaccine.
Health care advocate Dr. Renee Matthews moderated the panel, which featured guest speakers in health workers and advocates Dr. Jayne Middlebrooks Morgan, Emil Wilbekin and Dr. Olajide Williams, and musical leading lights Anthony Hamilton, Dre Davis and Darryl "DMC" McDaniels,
"As Black folks and people of color, we don't have access to health care in many areas, especially in rural areas in the South, where we've seen COVID numbers hit really, really hard and really high," Wilbekin, the founder of Native Son, a platform to inspire and empower Black gay men, explains early in the video.
"We have to be there working. We have families. We have to take care of ourselves," he continues, noting the dangers that frontline and essential workers have to put themselves in to survive. "Unfortunately, we don't have the privilege to just sit at home."
Learn about the other reasons Black Americans are hit disproportionately by the virus—and how they can arm themselves with facts about the COVID-19 vaccines—in the above video.