Coronavirus Doctor's Note: Why is there a racial disparity in deaths caused by COVID-19?

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- You've probably seen headlines about racial disparity when it comes to cases and deaths caused by COVID-19.

In Wednesdays Doctor's Note, ABC7 Special Correspondent Dr. Alok Patel explains why this is happening.

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The numbers in some states are staggering. For example, according to the CDC, African-Americans make up for 40% of fatalities in Michigan but account for just 14% of the population.

Dr. Patel breaks it down to two categories: Chronic illness and inequality.

Hear more in the video above.

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