COVID-19 Has Galvanized Blacks and Latinos to Become Doctors

COVID-19 Has Galvanized Blacks and Latinos to Become Doctors

As COVID-19 continues to disproportionately affect people of color, new findings reveal that the number of medical school applications rose last year, fueled in part by more African Americans and Latinos applying to study medicine, reports USA Today. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, people of color in America have contracted and died of the disease at alarmingly high rates. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Blacks, Latinos and Native Americans are almost three times more likely to die of COVID-19 compared with whites. Some med school applicants have lost loved ones to the disease or seen their parents working in health care at a stressful and trying time. Others hypothesize that applications by Blacks and Latinos have soared for several other reasons.

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