Library FAQ During COVID-19 & COVID-19 Resources
Interpretive Summary for May 28, 2021
Long-standing systemic health and social inequities have put many people from racial and ethnic minority groups at increased risk from COVID-19. These inequities can also undermine a person’s physical, social, economic, and emotional health. Since the beginning of the pandemic, some racial and ethnic minority groups have experienced higher rates of COVID-19 infection, severe illness, hospitalization, and death.
Conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, play, worship, and age affect a wide range of health risks and outcomes. These and other conditions are known as social determinants of health. Some of the many inequities in the social determinants of health that put racial and ethnic minority groups at increased risk of getting sick and dying from COVID-19 include discrimination, healthcare access, occupation, gaps in education or income, and housing. These factors and others may have also contributed to higher rates of some medical conditions that increase a person’s risk of severe illness from COVID-19. In addition, community strategies to slow the spread of COVID-19 might cause unintentional harm, such as lost wages, reduced access to services, and increased stress for some racial and ethnic minority groups.
We all have a part in helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and in promoting fair access to health. To do this, we must work together to ensure that all people have resources to maintain their physical and mental health. Achieving health equity requires valuing everyone equally with focused and ongoing efforts to address avoidable inequities and historical and contemporary injustices, and to eliminate health and healthcare disparities. When policies, programs, and systems that support health are equitable, poor health outcomes can be reduced, health disparities can be prevented, and the whole of society benefits.
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.
Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.
The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is to be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands or using an alcohol based rub frequently and not touching your face.
The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow).
Overview (Courtesy: World Health Organization (WHO))
The following information is embedded from the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH)