Podcast: Racism as a public health issue

Wenners Ballard III, MD, a hospitalist and an instructor in the Department of Medicine, took part in the White Coats for Black Lives demonstration on the Washington University Medical Campus in June. Ballard is providing for acutely ill patients who are hospitalized with COVID-19.
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In St. Louis, as in much of the United States, African Americans are more likely to test positive for COVID-19. They’re also more likely to be hospitalized, to end up in intensive care and to die of the infection. Further, protests that have erupted against police violence point to another stressor shouldered primarily by African Americans.