Sean “Diddy” Combs’s hip-hop-centered television network, Revolt TV, is set to air a town hall forum that will explore and attempt to explain the disproportionate impact of the novel coronavirus on the African-American community.
Dubbed The State of Black America and the Coronavirus, the two-hour-long event will feature appearances from rapper Meek Mill, U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Reverend Al Sharpton, and many others. Diddy will moderate the program, and guests will answer questions submitted by viewers.
Interested individuals can catch The State of Black America and the Coronavirus tonight, beginning at 11 PM in the east and eight o’clock in the west.
Early data suggests that African Americans are experiencing a comparatively higher rate of hospitalization from COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control recently published statistics from the first month of the (stateside) pandemic; these numbers indicated that 33 percent of coronavirus hospital patients in the United States were black, despite African Americans comprising about 13 percent of America’s population.
Caucasian patients constituted 45 percent of those hospitalized from novel-coronavirus symptoms during the same period (though the demographic includes roughly 76 percent of America’s residents).
Equally as important, Hispanics, who account for nearly one-fifth of the United States’ 330 million or so residents, represented just eight percent of total COVID-19 hospitalizations through the pandemic’s first 30 days in America.
And predictably, given these hospitalization figures, preliminary data suggests that a larger portion of African Americans are perishing from the novel coronavirus. However, these statistics are incomplete, as a relatively small number of cities and states are releasing race-based infection and mortality information.
Scientists and medical professionals are working to better understand why COVID-19 symptoms vary so dramatically from person to person; many believe that the answer lies in DNA.
For example, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson (who is otherwise healthy) left the intensive-care unit today, having originally been admitted because his coronavirus symptoms became severe. Actor Tom Hanks, for his part, sought out a coronavirus test following mild symptoms (he tested positive and has since recovered).
And on the other end of the spectrum, The Office star Idris Elba received a COVID-19 test ahead of a new film project and tested positive despite showing no symptoms whatsoever. To be sure, some on social media accused the London native of faking his diagnosis.
All three of the cited COVID-19 infections were “real,” and the relative severity of each sufferer’s symptoms attests to how much more there is to learn about the disease. Similarly, a number of doctors are now speculating that widespread ventilation treatment for serious coronavirus cases isn’t necessary, and may be doing more harm than good.