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The 'Perverse Effect' Of The Racial Disparity In Coronavirus Death Rates

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NPR's Ron Elving, who has covered politics for many years, takes a look at how the racial and geographic disparities in the coronavirus pandemic reflect a deepening political divide in the U.S.

His analysis:

Even as public officials this week decried the racial disparity and its link to social conditions, the emergence of the issue also had a perverse effect. It apparently made it easier for some people living farther away to see the virus as someone else's problem.

That is where the issue of racial disparity in death rates highlights the overall difference in the way America is experiencing COVID-19. And that difference largely follows the dividing line between urban and rural America.