The disproportionate impact of COVID in Massachusetts

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Many warned before the pandemic even started that low-income and minority communities would be hardest hit by a natural disaster like a pandemic.

Fast forward two years, and we see disproportionate rates of infection, rates of vaccination, economic impact from the pandemic, and now, recent data analysis by the Boston University School of Public Health and the Boston Globe find disproportionate fatality rates for Hispanic and Black residents in Massachusetts.

We knew, and it still happened. Can we keep it from happening again? We discuss with Dr. Joseph Betancourt, senior vice president for equity and community health at Massachusetts General Hospital.

This segment aired on March 14, 2022.

Tiziana Dearing Host, Radio Boston
Tiziana Dearing is the host of Radio Boston.


Walter Wuthmann General Assignment Reporter
Walter Wuthmann is a general assignment reporter for WBUR.



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