University of Lynchburg DMSc Doctoral Project Assignment Repository

University of Lynchburg DMSc Doctoral Project Assignment Repository


Urgent Care


Dr. Lawrence Herman



Purpose: This article aims to review the disparity in Coronavirus 19 incidence, prevalence, and treatment in the African American Community.

Method: A PubMed literature search was conducted using the keywords, "COVID-19, COVID-19 infection, Racial disparity, Covid-19 in African Americans, and COVID-19 outcomes". Twenty-three related articles were reviewed, and these articles were the basis of the clinical review.

Result: Some evidence-based research supports disparity in the incident, infection rate, hospitalization, and mortality of patients with COVID-19 in the African American community.

Conclusion: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection affects all individuals irrespective of race and socioeconomic status. Several studies have shown a disparity in disease incidents, infection rates, and more hospitalizations in the African American community than in other races, regardless of age, weight, comorbidity, and financial status. Understanding the factors contributing to the high prevalence, incidents, and hospitalization rate of COVID-19 in minority communities is essential to medical practitioners. The understanding and knowledge of the disparity observed would be vital in improving the overall treatment of minorities with COVID-19 infection and improving general patient care irrespective of race.

Keywords: Racial, disparity, COVID-19, and African American


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