By Dr. April Piercy | Queen Village LLC
Nurses, doctors, practitioners, EMTs, technicians and many others that are on the frontline battling COVID-19.
They are sacrificing their safety for their desire to assist those in need of medical care. This pandemic came in and change the dynamics of many lives especially medical professionals currently supporting patients through the fight for their lives.
I understand the sacrifice of Black Sisters that get up every day to fight the good fight. As a former medical professional, I know what it’s like to be on the front line. It takes a special person willing to expose themselves to illnesses and even psychological breakdown.
I would like to delve into the effects COVID-19 has had on the black communities at-large. An article published April 8, 2020 “COVID-19 Hitting Some African American Communities Harder by Katherine Kam.” Her article can be found on www.webmd.com. This article speaks to the fact that there are disparities when it comes to treatment for African Americans.
For example, in Chicago African Americans make up 72 percent of 98 deaths that has happened recently. The death rate of African Americans in Chicago is 7 times higher than their white counterparts. Many that suffer from chronic illnesses such diabetes, immunodeficiencies are pre-exposed to an illness such as the coronavirus.
Bio: Dr. April M. Piercy, is an Assistant Social Work Supervisor for the New Jersey Department of Corrections. She currently serves as an Executive Board Member for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for the Southern Burlington County Branch #2106. April is also a member of The Order of the Eastern Star and recipient of the Nelson B. Rivers, III Membership Excellence Award and New Jersey State Conference NAACP 2016 Rosa Parks Secretary of the Year Award.
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