COVID-19 live updates: Total number of cases passes 8.3 million
The recent coronavirus outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.
Known as SARS-CoV-2, the virus has resulted in more than 8.3 million infections and 449,000 deaths.
SARS-CoV-2 infection causes a respiratory illness called COVID-19.
COVID-19 has now been reported on every continent except Antarctica.
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‘We don’t have a health system’ says expert on prisons, race, and COVID-19
In an interview with Prof. John Eason, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, we examine incarceration as a public health concern in the United States and the toll that it takes on Black communities, especially in the context of the pandemic.
Prof. Eason was highly critical of the healthcare system and the disparities among different communities. He explained that some people’s health actually improves when they are in prison.
His current research includes studying the extent to which people employed in prisons contribute to the community spread of COVID-19.
He told us that most of the country’s prisons are located in rural communities with a higher number of Black residents, putting these communities disproportionately at risk during the pandemic.