Mississippi Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs and other medical officials said in a press conference Friday the coronavirus is infecting young, White residents in the state.
Dobbs said at the presser that even though there are more White residents in the state than any other race, the virus’ impact on the state has gotten to the point where the coronavirus is disproportionately affecting White residents.
“We’ve seen a pretty dramatic shift where early on, (cases were) two-thirds African-American and now it’s kinda moved to two-thirds Caucasian,” Dobbs told the Clarion Ledger. “Let’s learn the lessons from the past and let’s all just be careful.”
State epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers said young, school-age children and teens are now the fastest-growing segment among reported coronavirus cases. However, more than 60% of new cases and deaths in the state are White residents and there is a slight drop in Black residents.
Another factor could be pre-existing conditions and how medical care is provided to both Black and White residents. Black Americans typically have less access to health insurance, quality health care, and have more pre-existing conditions, so the coronavirus hit…