Black Americans and COVID-19

Black Americans and COVID-19

Protect Yourself and Your Family from COVID-19

The Black community is at a higher risk of getting sick from and/or dying from COVID-19 due to multiple factors including racial and economic discrimination, health inequities, and chronic diseases.

People with one or more of the following conditions should be extra careful to protect their health from COVID-19:

  • Asthma and lung disease
  • Heart Disease
  • Unmanaged diabetes
  • Severe Obesity (BMI>40)
  • Weakened Immune Systems due to HIV or cancer treatment
  • People Who are Pregnant

You can help protect yourself and your family from COVID-19 by managing your chronic diseases and educating others on how to manage theirs.

Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine and how it can help protect you from the disease.

Tips for Managing Chronic Diseases:

You don’t have to go at it alone. Find an accountability partner to hold you accountable for managing your chronic disease.

Quitting tobacco use now can help you improve your health. People with chronic diseases who use tobacco are most likely to have life-threatening health issues. If you use tobacco, make the commitment today to quit. Call the free quitline today to get started at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).

We’re in this together, wear a mask over your mouth and nose in public settings and crowded settings, including family gatherings and living in multi-family homes.

How COVID-19 Can Impact You and Your Loved Ones

COVID-19 is a new kind of illness caused by a virus. People can carry and spread the virus without feeling sick. It causes fever, coughing, and trouble breathing. According to the CDC Black Americans are 2.8x more likely to die from COVID-19. Managing chronic diseases is one of many ways for Black Americans to avoid COVID-19.

Protect Your Immune System:

Making healthy food and lifestyle choices can help people prevent and improve their chronic disease as well as their overall well-being. Some of the most important healthy choices include:

  • Quit Tobacco Use
  • Do more physical activity
  • Eat nutritious meals and snacks

Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine and how it can help protect you from the disease.

The Truth about Black Americans & COVID-19

Black Americans are dying at an alarming rate from COVID-19.

According to the CDC, Black Americans are 2.8 times more likely to die from COVID-19. Early studies have found a connection, Black Americans with chronic diseases are more likely to have a more serious illness or die from COVID-19.

Managing chronic diseases is one of many ways Black Americans can help to avoid COVID-19.

Help Stop the Spread

  • Avoid crowded places
  • Stay at least two arm's length away from other people
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If you don’t have soap and water, use hand sanitizers that contain at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with the inside of your elbow

Whether you make the decision to quit smoking, choose fruit instead of your regular snack, or take some light exercise during TV commercial breaks, it’s never too late to try something new to improve your well-being.

John W. Robitscher, MPH, CEO, National Association of Chronic Disease Directors