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Surgeon general explains how coronavirus disproportionately affects people

US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams on Friday laid out how communities of color are disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, previewing how the Trump administration plans to assist them specifically.

“The chronic burden of medical ills is likely to make people of color less resilient to the ravages of Covid-19 and it is possibly, in fact, likely, that the burden of social ills is also contributing,” Adams said during a White House press briefing.

Adams has previously described how his own health issues represent a “legacy of growing up poor and black in America.” During Friday’s briefing, he pulled out his inhaler, which he said he’s carried around for 40 years, “out of fear of having a fatal asthma attack.”

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