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Data analysts proved what Black Pittsburgh knew about COVID's racial disparities

Added 12-07-21 05:07:01am EST - “Community leaders saw early in the pandemic that the city's residents of color were being hit hard by COVID-19. They worked with data analysts to show just how hard, where and why.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Data analysts proved what Black Pittsburgh knew about COVID's racial disparities”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Members of the Black Equity Coalition, a grassroots team of researchers and advocates, meet regularly to discuss how they can use data to uncover life-threatening disparities between white and Black Pittsburgh. (Top left to right) Kellie Ware, Karen Abrams, Tiffany Gary-Webb, Mark Lewis and Fred Brown. Martha Rial hide caption

Members of the Black Equity Coalition, a grassroots team of researchers and advocates, meet regularly to discuss how they can use data to uncover life-threatening disparities between white and Black Pittsburgh. (Top left to right) Kellie Ware, Karen Abrams, Tiffany Gary-Webb, Mark Lewis and Fred Brown.

The ferocity of the COVID-19 pandemic did what Black Pittsburgh — communities that make up a quarter of the city's population — thought impossible. It shook the norms.

Black researchers, medical professionals and allies knew that people of color experienced bias in public health policy, even before the pandemic. As the deadly virus emerged, data analysts from Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh, foundation directors, epidemiologists and others pooled their talents to configure databases from unwieldy state data to chart COVID-19 cases.

Their work documented yet another life-threatening disparity between white and Black Pittsburgh: People of color were at higher risk of catching the deadly virus, and at higher risk of severe disease and death from that infection.

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