Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and many media outlets have been calling for ‘reparations’ for Black Americans due to their higher death rate from the coronavirus than whites and Asians. Cortez and others claim that ‘racism’ is the reason for this while scientifically, this couldn’t be from the truth.
According to recently released data from the Department of Health and Human Services, it is true that Blacks are dying at higher rates, but none of the reasons for this are ‘racism’ many are trying to claim.
Here is the undeniable scientific truth that everyone is refusing to discuss.
COVID deaths are disproportionately spiking in Black + Brown communities.
Why? Because the chronic toll of redlining, environmental racism, wealth gap, etc. ARE underlying health conditions.
Inequality is a comorbidity. COVID relief should be drafted with a lens of reparations.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 3, 2020
Obesity and Underlying Health Conditions
The outbreak has been a far deadlier threat in New Orleans than the rest of the United States. New Orleans has a per-capita rate of death that is far higher than even New York City. Doctors, Virologists, and public health data say that high levels of obesity and related ailments is most of the problem.
Approximately 97% of those killed by COVID-19 in Louisiana had a preexisting condition, according to the state health department. Diabetes was seen in 40% of the deaths, chronic kidney disease in 23% and cardiac problems in 21%. Many of these ailments stem directly from obesity and in a major portion of of the people who die from COVID-19 are obese.
Thanks to the CDC, we have really good data on the obesity rates in America by race, and when this is broken down for AOC, it might make a lot more sense to her:
A much larger portion of the Black community in America have underlying health conditions than White Americans do. Diabetes is a major factor persisting in many of the COVID-19 deaths across the country. Here is the breakdown by race according to the American Diabetes Association
- 7.6% of non-Hispanic whites
- 9% of Asian Americans
- 12.8% of Hispanics
- 13.2% of non-Hispanic blacks
- 15.9% of American Indians/Alaskan Natives
According to the CDC the death rate from diabetes mellitus is highest among non-Hispanic black adults and lowest among non-Hispanic white adults. During 2004–2017, the death rate decreased from 438.3 per 100,000 to 391.1 among non-Hispanic white adults, from 602.0 to 485.7 among Hispanic adults, and from 804.3 to 607.0 among non-Hispanic black adults.
Population Density Play a Major Role
Population density is also a major factor in the spread of COVID-19. Blacks and Hispanics tend to live in more densely populated areas and closer together. Hispanics, Blacks, Whites, and Asians also all tend to self-segregate from each other on average across the nation.
If we look at data from the national racial dot map, we can see that Black Americans and Hispanics are at a much higher risk.
Studies Show Neanderthal DNA Plays a Big Role
Neanderthals were very early (archaic) humans who lived in Europe and Western Asia from about 400,000 years ago until they became extinct about 40,000 years ago.
Three genes inherited from Neanderthals slash the risk of severe Covid-19 by 22 per cent, a new study has revealed.
The genes sit next to each other on chromosome 12, and this large chunk of genetic material includes 75,000 individual pieces of DNA.
Researchers compared the DNA of 2,200 Covid-19 patients from around the world with the genes of three Neanderthals that lived 50,000, 70,000 and 120,000 years ago.
The percentage of Neanderthal DNA in modern humans is zero or close to zero in people from African populations, and is about 1 to 2 percent in people of European or Asian background.
Misclassifying Covid Deaths?
A peer-reviewed study contends the Centers for Disease Control violated federal law by inflating Coronavirus fatality numbers exponentially.
The fatality figures were inflated by at least 1,600%, according to the study, titled “COVID-19 Data Collection, Comorbidity & Federal Law: A Historical Retrospective.”
The study noted that on March 24, the CDC published an alert instructing medical examiners, coroners and physicians to deemphasize underlying causes of death, also known as pre-existing conditions or comorbidities.
Many coroners have come forward to express their concern on how official are recording their covid deaths.
The Grand County, Colorado coroner is recently called attention to the way the state health department is classifying some deaths.
The coroner, Brenda Bock, says two of their five deaths related to COVID-19 were people who died of gunshot wounds.
“these two people had tested positive for COVID but that’s not what killed them,” she said. “The gunshot wound killed them.”
Bock said it’s simple in this case – the gunshot wound was the cause of death.
“I realize yes, you’re trying to keep count of the numbers, but you need to do it right, and these people did not die of COVID, they died of gunshot wounds and that’s how it needs to be listed,” she said.
Data show every state in the country, Black Americans are the most likely to die from Gun homicide.
The study also concludes that the CDC “illegally enacted new rules that violated federal law, which resulted in a 1,600% inflation of current COVID-19 fatality totals.”
Under the new rules, COVID-19 was to be listed in Part I of death certificates as a definitive cause of death, regardless of confirmatory evidence, rather than in Part II as a contributor to death in the presence of pre-existing conditions.
On its website, the CDC says, just 6% of the people counted as COVID-19 deaths died of COVID-19 alone.
The following are the top underlying medical conditions linked with COVID-19 deaths:
- Influenza and pneumonia
- Respiratory failure
- Hypertensive disease
- Vascular and unspecified dementia
- Cardiac Arrest
- Heart failure
- Renal failure
- Intentional and unintentional injury, poisoning and other adverse events
- Other medical conditions
The researchers estimated the COVID-19 recorded fatalities “are inflated nationwide by as much as 1600% above what they would be had the CDC used the 2003 handbooks,” said All Concerned Citizens in a statement on the study.
Refusing to Practice Social Distancing
Black Americans also seem to be refusing to practice social distancing. Across social media, we have witnessed well documented proof of this. The hundreds of viral videos going around the top three social media sites may be considered anecdotal by some, but I am willing to bet these videos are representative of a broader issue.
Police in New Orleans and Michigan have even admitted during press conferences that they are having difficulty efficiently enforcing social distancing in urban communities. This is apparently because of the sheer refusal to quarantine by certain groups on average.
Here is one example of this:
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‘Reparations’ Have Already Been Paid 100 Times Over
As the coronavirus crisis ravages the U.S. economy, millions of Americans are about to receive help from Congress in the form of direct cash payments.
If you made less than $75,000 in 2019, you will be eligible for the full payment of $1,200. Couples who filed jointly and made less than $150,000 will get $2,400. An individual who filed as “head of household” and earned $112,500 or less gets $1,200.
As far as reparations are concerned, if we look at which ethnic groups in America are paying more into the system than they’re using, and then compare this to the individual and household income by race, a much clearer picture is painted.
From widely available income and welfare data, we can see that on average, White Americans and Asians are paying more into the system than they use, and largely will be footing the bill for the economic relief package. The relief package effectively is reparations, and so is most everything else these groups receive from the government.
Let’s also not forget that for the past few weeks state leaders like Bill Deblasio, health officials, and media have been telling millions of people in the most populous areas of the country not to worry about contracting the coronavirus, and to carry on with your lives as normal.
Outside of the Washington Post telling Americans that the ‘flu is much worse,’ Nancy Pelosi, the New York City health commissioner, and many others, were telling people to do things like ‘go to China town’ for parades, and get out to the theaters to see your favorite movies.
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