HOUSTON – Recent findings show in some communities the death rate of African Americans who contract COVID-19 can be as high as 70%.
“There are two types of people now in our community," said Dr. Joseph Gathe Jr., a Houston infectious disease specialist. "Ones that are infected and ones that are potentially going to be infected.”
Gathe, a guest on this week’s Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall, discussed the horrendous impact of COVID-19 in the African American community. He said testing and social distancing are the main ways to overcome the virus.
He identified the specific reasons Black people are more susceptible to COVID-19.
See that answer and more in this week’s Houston Newsmakers EXTRA:
Marshall, Khambrel. “Coronavirus ravaging the Black community. Experts explain the 40% to 70% death rate.” Click2Houston, April 18, 2020, https://www.click2houston.com/news/local/2020/04/19/coronavirus-ravaging-the-black-community-experts-explain-the-40-to-70-death-rate/.