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CNN's Don Lemon: Coronavirus Hitting Communities Of Color "Harder" Than Others


In an interview with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) Wednesday night, CNN host Don Lemon told her "communities of color" feel the coronavirus "harder" than others.

"Let's talk about this before we run out of time," Lemon said to Harris. "It's impacting everybody. Politicians. Celebrities. Our colleagues, family, friends, it doesn't discriminate. I'm curious what you think specifically how it's impacting communities of color. I think doubly so, maybe more, communities of color feel it harder."

Harris agreed and said the virus is likely to hurt people of color more due to health disparities and pre-existing conditions.

"What this is doing is it's blowing the roof off of what already existed as gross disparities in our society based on a number of factors, including race," she said. "But on the subject of race, disparities around health... So, for example, let's talk about health. So, black families and children are 20% more likely to have asthma. Black families are 40% more likely to have high blood pressure. Black women are three times more likely than white women to have lupus. Viruses that affect the respiratory system have a direct impact on people who are suffering from sickle cell anemia. So what we know then is that this virus by its nature preys on people who have pre-existing conditions."

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