Preliminary COVID-19 data has shown that black and brown people have accounted for the most deaths by far in the United States, which has led health experts to demand more racial data on the ongoing crisis.

Experts at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences are available for interviews to discuss the impact of the disease in these minority populations.  

  • “The reason for these disproportionate numbers of COVID-19 deaths in Black and Latinx communities is systemic racism,” said Devin English, an assistant professor at the Rutgers School of Public Health. “Government policies that promote segregation and undermine access to quality healthcare have fostered the spread of COVID-19 in these communities. All levels of government must now take responsibility for saving Black and Latinx lives."


  • “The racial disparities we are seeing with respect to COVID-19 morbidity among African-Americans are a function of systemic racism that has reduced their access to adequate healthcare,” said Adrian Gale, an assistant professor at Rutgers School of Social Work. “My hope is that this crisis will shine a spotlight on the dire consequences of systemic racism on the lives of African-Americans.”


Broadcast interviews: Rutgers University–New Brunswick has broadcast-quality TV and radio studios available for remote live or taped interviews with Rutgers experts. For more information, contact Neal Buccino [email protected]



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