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"The disparities in COVID-19 rates are no coincidence, but the result of enduring structural inequality. Decades of discriminatory practices produce multigenerational effects— such as the role housing discrimination has played in the racial wealth gap. Today, people of color, particularly Black people, are more likely to work in low-wage jobs with few benefits, spend a significant share of their income on housing, and attend poor-quality schools, and they are less likely to be insured or even receive proper medical treatment. People of color are also more likely than White households to live in neighborhoods with greater exposure to environmental hazards and less access to healthy foods. These barriers create a perfect storm, making people of color particularly vulnerable to the effects of the coronavirus. 


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