The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on the economy, straining the health care industry and threatening the health of every American. This disease has disproportionately led to hospitalizations and death for the elderly, minority populations and those with comorbidities.

Additionally, nursing homes and prisons are experiencing rampant spread of the disease. The CDC defines health disparities as preventable differences in the burden of disease by socially disadvantaged populations. Policy makers need to keep these populations top of mind in order to effectively mitigate the impact of COVID-19.

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