Dr. David R. Williams, Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health and chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, has recently been featured in STAT’s “Covid-19 experts lament dismissal of early warnings and disease’s impact on communities of color” and was recently a featured guest in the JFK Library’s “Coronavirus: The Health, Medical, and Societal Challenges Ahead”.
“In January, I knew [the coronavirus] was coming, but I likened it to the flu,” admits Dr. Williams during the virtual forum. “I did not initially really acknowledge or appreciate the scope or impact of it. I quickly learned my lessons, though.”
“COVID-19 did not create racial disparities in health,” he later says when asked about the impact of the pandemic on people of color. “It’s simply shining a magnifying glass on disparities that have existed for over 100 years.”