Adams: Black Americans are at higher risk

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Surgeon General Jerome Adams told CBS News on Tuesday morning that African-Americans are at higher risk for COVID-19.

After agreeing that the CDC and the federal government should monitor the impact of the coronavirus in different demographic groups, Adams said his office had discussed health equity before the coronavirus pandemic.

“But my office, long before COVID-19, talked about health equity, talked about the need to help people understand when they are at risk and to actually intervene,” said Adams.

Adams went on to explain why African Americans are more at risk for COVID-19.

“When you look at being black in America, number one: people are unfortunately more likely to be of low socio-economic status, which makes social distance more difficult,” said Adams. “Number two: we know that black people are more likely to have diabetes, heart disease, lung disease. “

Adams added that he had personally shared high blood pressure, heart disease, asthma and being pre-diabetic.

“So I represent this legacy of growing poor and black in America, and I and many black Americans are at higher risk for COVID,” said Adams. “This is why we need everyone to do their part to slow the spread. “

When asked that about 70% of COVID-19 deaths in Louisiana were people of color and African-Americans, Adams said that it “broke my heart” and that he recommended people to understand that they were at risk and not immune.

“And my recommendation is to all of America that we really do this not only ourselves but each other,” said Adams, referring to the guidelines on social distancing.

Adams predicted that the expected rise in COVID-19 cases next week will be “our time in Pearl Harbor” and “our time in September 11” on Sunday.

Watch Adams’ remarks below:



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