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Study finds highlighting COVID's racial disparities reduces caution, empathy among white Americans

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We start today with new findings on a well-known fact.

The fact? That COVID-19 disproportionately impacts people and communities of color, and people with lower incomes.

The new findings? Research published in the journal Social Science and Medicine finds that when white Americans learn of those disparities, they become less empathetic, feel less fear about the virus, and are less likely to support safety measures.

So, what do we do with that?

We discuss with Dr. Joseph Betancourt, senior vice president for equity and community health at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Michael Curry, CEO of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, and a member of the NAACP's board of directors.

This segment aired on April 6, 2022.

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