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Black America and COVID-19

Documenting the impact of COVID-19 on Black America.

DIASPORA

Keyword Search Terms:  Diaspora, Black Diaspora, African Diaspora, people of color, POC, BIPOC, Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority (BAME,) black, Pan-Africa, African descent, Africa, African-American, international community, contact tracing, surge, surge site, surge plan, diverted patients, hot spot, epicenter, outbreak, global pandemic

SEARCHES FOR GLOBAL IMPACT OF THE PANDEMIC ON LOCAL PEOPLE ACROSS THE BLACK DIASPORA.

Continent Country Resource
AFRICA  

Covid-19 in Africa

https://kujenga-amani.ssrc.org/category/covid-19-in-africa/
   

Covid-19 aggravating gender inequalities
Daily Nation
Moraa Obiria
March 30, 2020
https://www.nation.co.ke/gender/Covid-19-aggravating-gender-inequalities/5362750-5508776-l85jnt/index.html

COVID-19: Laying Down the Groundwork for Recovery with Gender at the Fore
Ms Magazine
Aria Grabowski
March 31, 2020
https://msmagazine.com/2020/03/31/covid-19-laying-down-the-groundwork-for-recovery-with-gender-at-the-fore/

AFRICA & COVID-19 WEBINAR SERIES: SHARED EXPERIENCES WITH COVID-19 IN AFRICAN AND AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITIES
Harvard University Center for African Studies
Dr. John Nkengasong, Professor Evelynn Hammonds, Professor David Williams, and Professor Emmanuel Akyeampong
May 13, 2020
https://africa.harvard.edu/event/africa-covid-19-webinar-series-african-and-african-american-experiences-covid

Combating Racism and Xenophobia during COVID-19 | Africa & COVID-19 Webinar Series
Harvard University Center for African Studies
Ambassador Arikana Chihombori-Quao, Milliscent Nnwoka, Sushma Raman, and Jacqueline Bhabha
May 13, 2020
https://vimeo.com/420716448

EXPLORATIONS | Imagining the Other Side of COVD-19
MOCADA
Khethiwe Mnganga
May 18, 2020
https://mocada.org/2020/05/18/explorations-imagining-the-other-side-of-covd-19/

Africa’s Healthcare Response to COVID-19 | Africa & COVID-19 Webinar Series
Harvard University Center for African Studies
Dr. Ebba Abate, Dr. John Nkengasong, Professor Peter Lamptey, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, and Wafaie Fawzi
May 27, 2020
https://vimeo.com/423235427

COVID-19 and the African Economy | Africa & COVID-19 Webinar Series
Harvard University Center for African Studies
Hippolyte Fofack, Hon. Ken Ofori-Atta, Amandla Ooko-Ombaka, and Dani Rodrick
June 3, 2020
https://vimeo.com/426103716

Race to a Vaccine | Africa & COVID-19 Webinar Series
Harvard University Center for African Studies
Dr. Robert Gallo, Dr. John Nkengasong, Professor Helen Rees, and Professor Phyllis Kanki
June 10, 2020
https://vimeo.com/427773232

COVID-19 and the African Workforce | Africa & COVID-19 Webinar Series
Harvard University Center for African Studies
Folorunso Alakija, Sangu Delle, Kola Karim, Patricia Nzolantima, and Euvin Naidoo
June 17, 2020
https://vimeo.com/430054917

The Ms. Q&A: CARE CEO Michelle Nunn on Women, Girls and COVID
Ms Magazine
Corinne Ahrens
June 18, 2020
https://msmagazine.com/2020/06/18/the-ms-qa-care-ceo-michelle-nunn-on-women-girls-and-covid/

Implications of COVID-19 on Food and Nutrition Security | Africa & COVID-19 Webinar Series
Harvard University Center for African Studies
Dr. Victor Aguayo, Dr. Anna Lartey, H.E. Dr. Mandefro Nigussie, and Professor Robert Paarlberg
June 24, 2020
https://vimeo.com/432195193

COVID-19’s Impact on Education in Africa | Africa & COVID-19 Webinar Series
Harvard University Center for African Studies
Hendrina Doroba, Jeremiah Gule, Elizabeth Masiyiwa, Dzingai Mutumbuka, and Professor Fernando Reimers
July 1, 2020
https://vimeo.com/434390813

Covid-19 spotlights discrimination women face
Daily Nation
Millicent Mwololo
July 2, 2020
https://www.nation.co.ke/kenya/gender/covid-19-spotlights-discrimination-women-face-1368552

Future of Africa’s Health Systems | Africa & COVID-19 Webinar Series
Harvard University Center for African Studies
Professor Wafaa El-Sadr, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, Dr. Sandile Buthelezi, Dr. John Nkengasong, and Professor Margaret Kruk
July 8, 2020
https://vimeo.com/436475703

GIRLS NOT BRIDES USA: COVID-19 AND ADOLESCENT GIRLS
International Center for Research on Women
2020
https://www.icrw.org/publications/girls-not-brides-usa-covid-19-and-adolescent-girls/

 

 

On Thursday, July 16, we hosted another session of, 'Crisis Management for African Business Leaders'.

Titled, Graça Machel and Melinda Gates - Call to action regarding the impact of COVID-19 on women.


Please find links to last week’s materials as follows:
Video

Slides

Audio (only)

  EGYPT

Post COVID19 impact and outcomes on MENA & GCC.mp4
Harvard Club of Egypt & Oxbridge
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cfEudFfC1xuy6fzdHpqNIeZ-aVbUcEjK/view

EGYPTIAN WRITER DETAINED FOR PROTESTING PRISON CONDITIONS THAT COULD WORSEN COVID-19 SPREAD
Pen America
March 18, 2020
https://pen.org/press-release/egyptian-writer-detained-for-protesting-prison-conditions-that-could-worsen-covid-19-spread/

Egyptian actress Ragaa El-Gedawy dies in coronavirus quarantine
Aljazeera
July 5, 2020
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/07/egyptian-actress-ragaa-el-gedawy-dies-coronavirus-quarantine-200705083832534.html

  GHANA

Mental Health & COVID-19 - Integrating Mental Health in Health Systems

This series of weekly webinars is run by United for Global Mental Health, The Lancet Psychiatry, Mental Health Innovation Network, and MHPSS.net. Speakers include Dr. Githinji Gitahi, the Global CEO of AMREF, Devora Kestel, the Director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Use, WHO, Dr. Akwasi Osei, CEO of the Mental Health Authority of Ghana, and Peter Yaro, Executive Director of BasicNeeds Ghana.

https://africa.harvard.edu/event/mental-health-covid-19-integrating-mental-health-health-systems?mc_cid=174c820050&mc_eid=f196c0a7d4

  KENYA

Kenya’s Health Workers, Unprotected and Falling Ill, Walk Off Job

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/21/world/africa/kenya-doctors-strike-coronavirus.html?referringSource=articleShare

  NIGERIA

Nigeria and COVID-19

At this webinar, experts will explore the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Nigeria and consider how government and society might navigate these challenges to reduce their worst effects.

https://africa.harvard.edu/event/nigeria-and-covid-19?mc_cid=174c820050&mc_eid=f196c0a7d4

EUROPE    
  UK Coronavirus: More care urged for pregnant BAME patients
BBC News
June 27, 2020
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-53191235
  ITALY https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/07/22/covid-creates-flashpoint-anti-migrant-sentiment-italy#
LATIN AMERICA    
    Racismo, Violencia y COVID-19 en América Latina: Una Mirada desde las Organizaciones Internacionales
Afro-Latin American Research institute at the Hutchins Center, Harvard University 
June 29, 2020
https://alari.fas.harvard.edu/event/racismo-violencia-y-covid-19-en-am%C3%A9rica-latina-una-mirada-desde-las
SOUTH AMERICA  

 

  CARIBBEAN Caribbean, Struggling in the Pandemic, Braces for Hurricane Season
New York Times
Kirk Semple
July 4, 2020
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/04/world/americas/virus-caribbean-hurricane.html
  BRAZIL Lack of federal leadership hinders Brazil’s COVID-19 response
T.H. Chan School of Public Safety, Harvard University 
Marcia Castro
June 25, 2020
https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/brazil-covid-marcia-castro/
NORTH AMERICA    
  UNITED STATES  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If COVID-19 Doesn’t Discriminate, Then Why Are Black People Dying at Higher Rates?
ACLU
ReNika Moore
April 8, 2020
https://www.aclu.org/news/racial-justice/if-covid-19-doesnt-discriminate-then-why-are-black-people-dying-at-higher-rates/

Opinion: U.S. Must Avoid Building Racial Bias Into COVID-19 Emergency Guidance
NPR
Jossie Carreras Tartak and Hhazar Khidir
April 21, 2020
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/04/21/838763690/opinion-u-s-must-avoid-building-racial-bias-into-covid-19-emergency-guidance

BET hosts COVID-19 relief special to aid black communities Kelly Rowland, Anthony Anderson, Terrence J and Regina Hall will host the two-hour broadcast on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET.
NBC News
Wilson Wong
April 22, 2020
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/bet-hosts-covid-19-relief-special-aid-black-communities-n1189751

A Top Immunologist on Why Coronavirus Is Killing More African-Americans: Head of Nashville’s Meharry Medical College discusses Covid-19’s outsize toll on people of color, why a vaccine might be far off
The Wall Street Journal (WSJ)
Lauren Weber
April 22, 2020
https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-top-immunologist-on-why-coronavirus-is-killing-more-african-americans-11587556800

A new study shows just how badly black Americans have been hit by Covid-19: The number of cases and deaths in minority communities compared with white ones is staggering.
Politico
Laura Barrón-López
​May 5, 2020
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/05/05/black-counties-disproportionately-hit-by-coronavirus-237540

Structural racism is the real pandemic: We need sustained investment in deprived communities
Commonwealth Magazine
Monica Cannon-Grant and David J. Harris
May 17, 2020
https://commonwealthmagazine.org/opinion/structural-racism-is-the-real-pandemic/ 

COVID-19 Resources
Black Lives Matter
https://blacklivesmatter.com/covid-19-resources

What Do Coronavirus Racial Disparities Look Like State By State?
NPR
Maria Godoy
​May 30, 2020
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/05/30/865413079/what-do-coronavirus-racial-disparities-look-like-state-by-state

THE COLOR OF LIFE IN A TIME OF CRISIS: THINKING THROUGH RACIAL DISPARITIES DURING COVID-19
​Western New England University
Dr. Davarian Baldwin, Dr. Matthew Clair, Dr. Neenah Estrella-Luna, Anthony Paul Farley, and Dr. Lingyan Yang
June 19, 2020
https://www1.wne.edu/news/2020/06/law-virtual-panel-discussion.cfm

NAACP SAYS FEDERAL NEGLIGENCE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR INCREASE IN COVID-19 CASES
NAACP
July 2, 2020
https://www.naacp.org/latest/naacp-calls-recent-covid-19-spike-cases-alarming/

     
MIDWEST    
  MISSOURI

All but 3 people who died from COVID-19 in St. Louis, Missouri, were black
Business Insider
Paulina Cachero
April 12, 2020
https://www.businessinsider.com/all-but-three-people-who-died-from-covid-19-in-st-louis-were-black-2020-4

St. Louis Is No Exception. COVID-19 Reveals The Inequities In Health Care Here
St. Louis Public Radio, NPR
Andrea Y. Henderson
April 13, 2020
https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-no-exception-covid-19-reveals-inequities-health-care-here#stream/0

African Americans More Likely To Contract Coronavirus In St. Louis County
St. Louis Public Radio, NPR
Chad Davis
April 17, 2020
https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/african-americans-more-likely-contract-coronavirus-st-louis-county#stream/0

New research shows racial disparity of COVID-19 cases in St. Louis area
KSDK
Dori Olmos
May 5, 2020
https://www.ksdk.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-racial-disparity-st-louis/63-1ed968b3-222c-4d2d-998a-63cc4f45824f

Here's why African Americans are dying from the coronavirus at a startlingly higher rate in Missouri and Illinois: Dr. Laurie Punch, who has been working in the COVID ICU at Christian Hospital in north St. Louis County, said that didn't surprise her at all
KSDK
Morgan Young
May 12, 2020
https://www.ksdk.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/black-people-are-dying-from-covid-at-a-startlingly-higher-rate-than-people-of-other-races-in-missouri-and-illinois-heres-why/63-57e9b55c-5a39-4f35-9d4d-5b025305c388

THE DISPROPORTIONATE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON BLACK AND AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITIES IN THE ST. LOUIS REGION
Missouri Hospital Association
Mat Reidhead, MA; Bethany Johnson-Javois, MSW; Angela Brown, MPH; Jennifer Brinkmann, MBA; Karen Joynt Maddox, M.D., MPH; Timothy McBride, PhD; Leslie Porth, Ph.D.; Pamela “Denise” Long, MS; Vontriece McDowell, MSW; Amanda Stoermer, MSW; Spring Schmidt, Ph.D.-C; Fredrick Echols, M.D.; Jason Purnell, Ph.D., MPH; and Will Ross, M.D., MPH
2020
https://www.mhanet.com/mhaimages/COVID-19/COVIDDisparitiesSTL.pdf

  ILLINOIS

Chicago’s coronavirus disparity: Black Chicagoans are dying at nearly six times the rate of white residents, data show
Chicago Tribune
Cecilia Reyes, Nausheen Husain, Christy Gutowski, Stacy St. Clair, and Gregory Pratt 
April 7, 2020
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-coronavirus-chicago-coronavirus-deaths-demographics-lightfoot-20200406-77nlylhiavgjzb2wa4ckivh7mu-story.html

  WISCONSIN

No Going “Back To Normal” For Milwaukee's Black Community After COVID-19
Milwaukee Independent
Staff
May 7, 2020
http://www.milwaukeeindependent.com/special/covid-19/no-going-back-normal-milwaukees-black-community-covid-19/

  INDIANA

Indiana releases demographics of coronavirus cases
Indianapolis Star
John Tuohy
April 10, 2020
https://www.indystar.com/story/news/2020/04/10/coronavirus-indiana-state-releases-demographics-covid-19-cases/5129473002/

You Asked: Why Is COVID-19 Hitting African-Americans So Hard?
Side Effects
Indiana Public Broadcasting and Side Effects Staffs
April 10, 2020
https://www.sideeffectspublicmedia.org/post/you-asked-why-covid-19-hitting-african-americans-so-hard

Coronavirus: State Reports First Prison COVID Death, Indiana Black Caucus Offers Proposals
WFYI, NPR
Lauren Chapman
April 12, 2020
https://www.wfyi.org/news/articles/coronavirus-state-reports-first-prison-covid-death-indiana-black-caucus-offers-proposals

African Americans account for 9.8% of Indiana population, but 19.2% of all COVID-19 deaths so far
The Indiana Lawyer
Indianapolis Business Journal Staff and John Russell
April 13, 2020
https://www.theindianalawyer.com/articles/african-americans-account-for-9-8-of-indiana-population-but-19-2-of-all-covid-19-deaths-so-far

Letters: Behind the disproportionate toll of the coronavirus on African Americans
South Bend Tribune
Jim Olson
April 17, 2020
https://www.southbendtribune.com/news/opinion/letters/letters-behind-the-disproportionate-toll-of-the-coronavirus-on-african-americans/article_7d9161d4-7e91-11ea-8354-ab54d89ada40.html

Marion County's African Americans are twice as likely as whites to die from coronavirus
Indianapolis Star
Shari Rudavsky
April 20, 2020
https://www.indystar.com/story/news/health/2020/04/20/coronavirus-marion-county-blacks-twice-likely-than-whites-die/5168839002/

New COVID-19 Testing In Indiana Takes Aim At African-American Disparities
WVPE
​Darian Benson
May 1, 2020
https://www.wvpe.org/post/new-covid-19-testing-indiana-takes-aim-african-american-disparities

Top 10 neighborhood COVID-19 hot spots in St. Joseph County
WNDU
Ibrahim Samra
May 12, 2020
https://www.wndu.com/content/news/Top-10-neighborhood-COVID-19-hot-spots-in-St-Joseph-County-570424071.html

Coronavirus Data Hub: Maps, data, and dashboards with local data about COVID-19.
SAVI
http://www.savi.org/coronavirus-data-hub/

     
SOUTH WEST    

 

  TEXAS COVID-19 reveals a long history of health inequities affecting African Americans [Opinion]
Houston Chronicle
Deirdre Cooper Owens
April 22, 2020
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/COVID-19-reveals-a-long-history-of-health-15218565.php
    In Large Texas Cities, Access To Coronavirus Testing May Depend On Where You Live
WNYC, NPR
Sean McMinn, Audrey Carlsen, Bret Jaspers, Ruth Talbot, and Stephanie Adeline
March 27, 2020
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/05/27/862215848/across-texas-black-and-hispanic-neighborhoods-have-fewer-coronavirus-testing-sit
    Houston Facing ‘Catastrophic’ Coronavirus Spike, County Judge Says
New York Times
AP
June 26, 2020
https://www.nytimes.com/video/us/politics/100000007212733/houston-coronavirus-cases-rising.html?playlistId=video/coronavirus-news-update
     
SOUTH    
  FLORIDA

I’m a black Floridian in the time of coronavirus. I’m scared for my family. | Letters
Tampa Bay Times
Kenneth Hawkins
April 19, 2020
https://www.tampabay.com/opinion/letters/2020/04/20/im-a-black-floridian-in-the-time-of-coronavirus-im-scared-for-my-family-letters/

  MISSISSIPPI COVID-19 will devastate Mississippi's African American community
Insider
W. Ralph Eubanks
April 22, 2020
https://www.insider.com/coronavirus-mississippi-african-american-tate-reeves-obama-healthcare-economy
  ALABAMA Alabama data shows majority of coronavirus deaths are African Americans
Montgomery Advertiser
Safiya Charles
April 9, 2020
https://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/2020/04/09/why-alabama-data-shows-more-black-people-dying-coronavirus-majority-covid-19-deaths-black/2954304001/
     
WEST COAST    
  WASHINGTON How covid-19 is a perfect storm for black Americans
The Washington Post
April 26, 2020
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/04/26/we-must-address-social-determinants-affecting-black-community-defeat-covid-19/
  CALIFORNIA

California Latino, Black residents hit even harder by coronavirus as white people see less danger
L.A. Times
Rong-Gong Lin II
June 27, 2020
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-06-27/california-latinos-black-people-hit-even-harder-by-coronavirus?_amp=true&__twitter_impression=true

     
NEW ENGLAND    
  MASSACHUSETTS COVID-19 Hits Boston's Black Community Especially Hard
WBUR
Bob Oakes and Wilder Fleming
​April 16, 2020
https://www.wbur.org/commonhealth/2020/04/16/covid-19-coronavirus-african-american-boston-black

Boston Black COVID-19 Coalition: We’ve been hit the hardest
Boston Herald
Louis Elisa
May 8, 2020
https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/05/08/boston-black-covid-19-coalition-weve-been-hit-the-hardest/

RACIAL DATA ON BOSTON RESIDENT COVID-19 CASES
City of Boston
June 19, 2020
https://www.boston.gov/departments/mayors-office/racial-data-boston-resident-covid-19-cases
     

EAST COAST

   
  NEW YORK

Racial Breakdown Of NYC's COVID-19 Cases Necessary To Track The Pandemic's Inequities
Gothamist
David Cruz
April 4, 2020
https://gothamist.com/news/racial-breakdown-nycs-covid-19-cases-necessary-track-pandemics-inequities

Rochester black, Latino residents suffering more from coronavirus
Democrat & Chronicle
Steve Orr and Brian Sharp
April 9, 2020
https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2020/04/09/coronavirus-data-shows-rochester-black-latino-residents-hit-hard-covid-19/2970512001/

What Images Will Define the COVID-19 Pandemic?
The Takeaway Podcast, WNYC Studios
Meg Dalton and Matt Katz
May 19, 2020
https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/takeaway/segments/what-images-will-define-covid-19-pandemic

Numbers Game In Part To Blame For Starrett City’s Dramatic COVID-19 Death Rate
Gothamist
Gwynne Hogan, WNYC
May 21, 2020
https://gothamist.com/news/numbers-game-in-part-to-blame-for-starrett-citys-dramatic-covid-19-death-rate

‘It’s the Death Towers’: How the Bronx Became New York’s Virus Hot Spot
New York Times
Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura, Winnie Hu, and Lindsey Rogers Cook
May 26, 2020
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/26/nyregion/bronx-coronavirus-outbreak.html

  US Islands & Territories https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/25/us/coronavirus-guam-virgin-islands-hawaii-puerto-rico.html?campaign_id=9&emc=edit_nn_20200826&instance_id=21613&nl=the-morning&regi_id=120057213&section_index=2&section_name=two_more_big_stories&segment_id=36929&te=1&user_id=19602e61fdf04bd6cb1be6d51b9b5ca9