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. In the last two months, there has been a sharp increase in the number of African Americans who are concerned the worst of the pandemic is yet to come.
Students, businesses, employees, and homeowners have all been hit hard by the pandemic, with 61% of African Americans concerned about the loss of income related to the current pandemic. As the dangerous Delta, Lambda, and Omicron variants wreak havoc around the world, it is important now, more than ever, to take all precautions to protect yourself and your community.
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.
88% of African Americans believe new variants and strains could potentially be more contagious or deadly.
Given Omicron's impact on the country and rising hospitalizations, it is critically important that individuals increase their capacity to test and know their status. You can now order 4 free at-home COVID-19 tests for you and your family. Take advantage of this opportunity to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.
Now more than ever is the time for us to buckle down on the precautions that keep us and our loved ones safe. The confirmed new Omicron variant is spreading quickly - and to fight back, it is vital that we arm ourselves with the facts and continue getting vaccinated, washing our hands, wearing our masks, and social distancing.
Adults and children ages 5 and above should consult with their medical professionals regarding the vaccine. Adults should obtain the booster as soon as possible.FIND A VACCINE SITE
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.
Vulnerable communities continue to battle long-term health implications as well as the economic and social implications of the pandemic. As more Black Americans become vaccinated, our community wants to continue to take precautions to ensure we keep ourselves safe. Let's help protect our community.Compare Vaccines
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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.