ITM Researcher on WTTW Discusses High COVID-19 Death Rate in African Americans

COVID-19 is killing more people in Chicago’s African American communities than other Chicago communities, and ITM-UChicago’s Doriane Miller, MD, appeared on WTTW to talk about why. Miller attributed the high number of COVID-19-related deaths in African Americans to disadvantages in access to care, long-term conditions like diabetes and asthma, as well as lifestyle factors and the types of jobs that residents of lower-income neighborhood have.

“I think about our CTA bus drivers and train drivers,” Miller said. “I think about people who are working in grocery stores, in general stores and convenience stores that are in contact with the public on a day-to-day basis.”

Watch the full WTTW episode below, with Miller appearing at about 5:55.

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