The Effect of COVID-19 on Marginalized Groups

By Time For 9

Image by: Patient Engagement

Mask shortages, testing, quarantine, and adjusting to the “new normal.” Since the first case in the United States, each and every person in America has been affected in some way, shape, or form by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, public health disparities among minority groups have shown how the virus is disproportionately impacting minority groups. For example, Hispanic and black children are 6 times more likely to test positive for COVID-19 than white children, according to a study by Children’s National Hospital. On top of these disproportionate numbers, inequities found in the social determinants of health, such as poverty and lack of access to quality healthcare have increased risks for minority groups in terms of reaction and recovery from COVID-19. Each of the aforementioned factors have negatively affected many American cities and communities, forcing millions into unemployment, poverty, and further disadvantaged socioeconomic situations. 

In wake of a global pandemic that has negatively affected millions of Americans, the Time for 9 Toolkit has created a set of recommendations that aim to aid minority groups and socioeconomically disadvantaged communities. Such communities require resources that aren’t always readily available to them, as lower-income groups and cities had the most difficulties in implementing the same COVID-19 response plans as richer areas. Statistically, minority groups and impoverished communities have had the most roadblocks and hardships in sustaining the virus and recovering economically. Among the TF9 recommendations include equity focused testing protocols, community-government partnerships, and resource allocation in cities and states across the country. By adopting and instituting the ideas presented by the TF9 Toolkit, equity can and will be brought to the minority communities that have been affected in ways that many cities were unprepared to respond to. 

Each and every member of our nation has the power to transform these recommendations into a reality that can change lives and uplift communities to rebuild and react strongly to the COVID-19 pandemic. If possible, please take the time to visit the official Time For 9 website to learn more in depth about the campaign’s plans and how you can become involved in a group that is making a difference by working with public office holders and legislators to improve the U.S. COVID-19 response and to focus on the communities that need the most help after being disproportionately affected by the pandemic. To find the website, simply search “Time for 9,” and visit the Greater Good Initiative website that details the Time for 9 campaign or click the underlined blue link written earlier. TF9 can also be found on social media sites--such as Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIN--under the username @timefor9toolkit.