Coronavirus Watch: A festering issue in the health industry

Coronavirus Watch: A festering issue in the health industry

Health care experts agree: Bias and discrimination in the health care system contribute to the vivid disparity in how COVID-19 affects patients of color.

Whether the bias be unconscious, explicit or institutional, it exists. Scientific studies and resource allocation show how racial issues have festered in the medical industry.

It's Sunday, and this is the Coronavirus Watch from the USA TODAY Network. Here's the most significant news of the day, as of 12:30 p.m. ET:

In hopes of tackling race-influenced, uneven medical care, hospitals in California and Massachusetts are trying out new methods to rid their systems of explicit and implicit bias. More on that here.AstraZeneca agreed Saturday to supply up to 400 million doses of an experimental vaccine to European Union nations. It's not assured that the drug will successfully combat COVID-19, but the company is scaling up production while human trials are still being done, the Associated Press reported. Rent relief? Ithaca, New York, is looking to wipe away all unpaid rent in the wake of the pandemic. The move would have a profound impact on the city, where 70% of the population are believed to be renters.More than 2 million people have tested positive for the virus in the U.S., and more than 115,000 have died. See the numbers in your area here. Worldwide, more than 7.8 million people have tested positive for the virus, and 430,000 have died.

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