The coronavirus outbreak is officially a pandemic, according to the World Health Organization. Because of the racial and economic inequities embedded in our country’s systems, the effects of the coronavirus could be compounded for Black, Brown, Asian, and indigenous communities, as well as other population groups.
The NAACP has released a resource to guide officials responsible for addressing health, economic, and other impacts, in remediating some of the issues that are disproportionately affecting communities of color.Our policy experts have outlined key considerations and recommendations in containing the spread of the coronavirus. The full guide is available to download here.
Impacts of the Coronavirus COVID-19 Outbreak on Communities of Color
1) Racism and stigmatization have increased, particularly towards the Asian and Asian American populations.
2) Certain populations including immigrants, incarcerated people, people over 60 years old, people with disabilities, people with special health needs, and others are at an added risk of exposure and other implications.
3) Frontline workers face tough choices between abstaining from work or risking exposure.
4) Census and voting may be jeopardized as public outings continue to dwindle.
5) Coronavirus remediation will result in increased exposure to toxic cleaning chemicals.
6) Children and college students risk exposure in schools. If schools close, students may experience food or housing insecurities.
7) There is a lack of accessibility to testing kits.
8) Quarantine policies and practices are unfolding with a risk to human and civil rights.
9) The coronavirus has already been used to justify increased militarization and more restrictive immigration policies and practices.
10) Denial and misinformation on the crisis can worsen the outbreak.