How are we going blame this on white people in Georgia?
Far too many patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in Georgia are black, new CDC data shows — a staggering 83%, Business Insider, April 30, 2020
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Wednesday found that 83% of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Georgia during March were black.
“The proportion of hospitalized patients who were black was higher than expected based on overall hospital admissions,” the report said.
The CDC looked at demographic data from 305 coronavirus patients admitted to eight hospitals — seven in Atlanta and one in southern Georgia — and found that, out of the 297 cases in which race was known, 247 patients were black.
Black people account for 52% of the overall population in Atlanta and 32% in Georgia, meaning they were significantly overrepresented in COVID-19 hospitalizations.
The report came days after Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp allowed some businesses in the state to reopen, despite pushback from some local officials. Georgia has over 26,000 reported cases of the coronavirus; according to projections, the outbreak there won’t reach its peak until after May 2.
Here’s the breakdown of Georgia’s coronavirus hospitalizations, by race.
The study doesn’t account for every coronavirus patient in the state, and focuses primarily on Atlanta hospitals, but the disparity it found aligns with findings in California, New York, Illinois, Michigan, Kansas, and North Carolina, as well as the US more broadly. In all of those places, black communities are being hit hardest by the virus.
“We do not think people of color are biologically or genetically disposed to get COVID-19,” US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said earlier this month. “But they are socially predisposed to coronavirus exposure and to have a higher incidence of the very diseases that put you at risk for severe complications from coronavirus.”
Then there’s this:
To those not social distancing, Atlanta’s mayor has this message, 11Alive.com, May 5, 2020]
ATLANTA — A new Forbes magazine article on Monday says that the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the state of Georgia has increased by more than 40 percent since Gov. Brian Kemp has reopened the state for business.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms cited the article in a tweet Monday afternoon, saying that those who came out in large groups over the weekend and ignored social distancing were in danger of being exposed to COVID-19. Bottoms cited the people who gathered in crowds at Greenbriar Mall in southwest Atlanta on Saturday morning in search of the new version of Nike’s Air Jordan shoe as it went on sale.
Here’s what it looked like as Jimmy Jazz’s doors opened at Greenbriar Mall in Atlanta. Everyone I talked to was in line for a new Air Jordan 5 that sold out online. pic.twitter.com/opbqIC08mq— Charlie Gile (@CharlieGileNBC) May 2, 2020
Not much social distancing in Atlanta by these black citizens hoping to score the latest Air Jordans…
She also pointed to crowds gathered at the Mall West End to shoot off fireworks over the weekend as well as shoppers at Lenox Square in Buckhead, which reopened on Monday morning.
She tweeted, “For those who crowded at Greenbriar awaiting the new Jordans, gathered at Piedmont Pk, shot fireworks at the Mall West End & even those now shopping at Lennox Square Mall, know that the only thing that’s changed about Covid-19 is your chance of catching.”
The modeling data cited in the Forbes article was compiled by Stanford University’s Big Local News in collaboration with Pitch Interactive and the Google News Initiative. The data indicated that on April 21, three days before Gov. Kemp began to allow some businesses to reopen in Georgia, the state ranked as the 16th worst in the United States for risk of exposure to COVID-19.
The incidence rate for COVID-19, according to the Big Local News COVID-19 Case Mapper is calculated as the number of coronavirus cases for every 100,000 people.
According to Forbes, it is the best publicly available metric for estimating an individual’s risk of exposure to the virus. The reporting data indicated the incidence rate at that time for Georgia was 180.7.
Five days later, on April 26, Georgia’s incidence rate had risen to 211.5 — a 30.8 percent increase.
The incidence rate in Georgia has continued to increase each day since, through May 2 (the most recent date that we have data available), when the rate was 256.8 — an increase of 42 percent.
Again, when you understand white flight was the original social distancing, you are immediately capable of comprehending all of post-Shelley vs. Kraemer history in America.
In Georgia, the coronavirus is overwhelmingly a disease impacting blacks. The metro Atlanta area has extreme levels of segregation, because white flight was the original social distancing.
Might the reason the coronavirus is impacting blacks disproportionately be found in this story of blacks crowding together in pursuit of the newest Air Jordan’s from Nike, and failing to properly practice proper social distancing (obviously, the lining up to procure the new Nike shoe is a metaphor for how they’ve lived during this pandemic)?
It’s far easier to blame white people in Georgia than to expect blacks in the state to take any responsibility for the high rates of coronavirus impacting their community.
Same goes for the entire nation.