Letter to the Editor
Acknowledging and Addressing COVID-19 Health Disparities in the American South
AbstractTo the Editor: The COVID-19 crisis escalated rapidly; between March 1 and March 31, 2020, the number of confirmed cases rose from 30 to >180,000.1 As the novel coronavirus spreads, reports suggest that the American South may be hit harder than other areas in the United States. For example, southeast Louisiana has one of the highest COVID-19 case fatality rates in the nation.2 Southerners are more likely than people in other regions to live in poverty, have chronic illnesses such as diabetes mellitus and obesity, and be uninsured.3
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