Health disparities left Black Americans vulnerable to contracting COVID-19 and dying from it at higher rates, nearly two times greater than their share of the population. Black students, businesses, employees, and homeowners have all been hit hard by the pandemic.
Use this up-to-date research, resources, and stories to help ease the uncertainties and safeguard your community. With the facts, we can all make the best decisions for ourselves and our families.
68% of Black Americans know someone who has died of COVID-19.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated mask-wearing guidance, advising that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks in certain environments. While the new federal guidance is an assurance to those who are vaccinated that they can feel safe, it's still highly recommended that others who have not been vaccinated, including adults and children, wear masks in public settings — at events and gatherings, and anywhere they will be around other people.
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Specific COVID-19 data about and for the Black community has been elusive and inconsistent. NAACP units can use these data-backed resources to provide information to their members and the community at large. Let's keep fighting this pandemic, together.
I'm most excited about going back to my family reunions and seeing my grandma again. I haven't seen her in person since the beginning of COVID-19.- Dennis F.
Even as the country reopens, vulnerable communities continue to battle not only the long-term health implications, but the economic and social implications of the pandemic. As states and municipalities lift restrictions and public health mandates, we must ensure that individuals have the information they need to make the best decisions for themselves and their families.Explore reopening plans and mandates by state
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Even as Black people kept the nation operating and some contracted the COVID-19 virus while working, officials blamed them for being disproportionately affected by the virus. Racism, and the hundreds of years of multiple inequalities it created, birthed an atmosphere that positioned COVID-19 to be ripe to ravage Black America — and it did.
In July, at the height of the pandemic, 550 of the 1,166 incarcerated in the Miami-Dade corrections department were found to have the virus. There were 3,266 people in the jails. A department spokesperson said that at that time, only 33 people had the virus.
During the pandemic as schools moved to distance learning, limited access to computers and spotty internet service left many Black students logged out, even while facing challenging home situations. Not having basic needs met combined with uncertainty left Black students emotionally fragile.
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I have so many plans, and with the vaccine, I won't have so much anxiety about moving on with life. The pandemic has made it tough. But as a teen, I have a lot to look forward to.- Makenzy W.