This Black Doctors Group Is Making COVID-19 Testing More Accessible
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The coronavirus has hit Black communities across the U.S. so hard that the numbers have stopped doctors in their tracks. In Philadelphia, where 42% of the population is Black and 41% is white, Black people are nearly three times more likely than white people to have the coronavirus. An appalling 52% of COVID-19 deaths in the city have occurred among Black people.
Dr. Ala Stanford, a pediatric surgeon who grew up in North Philadelphia, could not simply stand by. She gathered colleagues and community members, as well as her personal supply of protective equipment and test kits, to form a group that would provide “barrier-free” COVID-19 testing.
Since March, the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium has tested more than 9,000 people in locations across the city of Philadelphia, including doctors, nurses, funeral home directors, local legislators, and faith leaders — all at no cost to the patients.
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