Excess Deaths From COVID-19, Community Bereavement, and Restorative Justice for Communities of Color
The number of reported deaths from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the US was nearly 205 000 on September 28, 2020.1 A month earlier, on August 13, 2020, a New York Times analysis of estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that across the US, at least 200 000 more people had died than expected (based on rates in the past 5 years), between March and late July, and that these estimated deaths were approximately 60 000 higher than the number of deaths that were directly linked to the coronavirus.2
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has disproportionately affected racial minorities in the United States resulting in higher rates of infection, hospitalization, and death. With a limited supply after the initial approval of a safe and effective vaccine, difficult legal and ethical choices will have to be made on priority access for individuals.
Early trauma leads to changes in blood metabolites similarly in mice and humans, according to new research.
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In research released late this summer, Brad N. Greenwood, PhD, the lead author of “Physician-patient racial concordance and disparities in birthing mortality for newborns,” concluded that when Black newborns had care from a Black pediatrician, their mortality rate was decreased by half when compared to white babies.
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