The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic crises and socio-political unrest have impacted the Black community significantly. While Black residents make up 13% of the population in Long Beach, they account for about 14% of hospitalizations and 20% of deaths from coronavirus.
Additionally, COVID-19 has disrupted lives across the life span in Long Beach by closing schools, prohibiting social interactions, and eliminating jobs. The consistent anxiety of potential infection, compounded with the intergenerational trauma of historic and structural racism, has impacted the mental health of the Black community through increased levels of chronic stress and anxiety. In turn, that psychological stress can lead to physical health problems.
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