Healthcare equality has been an ongoing debate and issue throughout the world, and COVID-19 has only made these issues more prevalent. In terms of this pandemic, statistics show that low income and minority communities have been hit harder by the virus. This is due to a number of factors, including increased numbers of pre-existing conditions in minority populations, living conditions, and accessibility to healthcare. In this podcast it is explained that COVID testing is six times higher in high-income districts than in areas of lower income and rates of insurance. Aside from testing, what will happen when the vaccine for COVID-19 is released? The CDC has said that the people who will be getting the vaccine first are front line health care workers and high risk groups. This video discusses what would happen if/when a vaccine is developed. In the video, COVID-19 is compared to the HIV outbreak because the disease has not been eradicated but there are antiviral treatments to make it less deadly and more manageable. If a similar approach is taken for COVID-19, some communities will continue to be affected more than others because of the inequality of access to medical care.
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