A Nation Divided: Who’s hurt most by COVID-19?

HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson discusses the Trump administration’s efforts to address racial and income disparities in the response to COVID-19.
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Transcript for A Nation Divided: Who’s hurt most by COVID-19?
We're joined now by a key member of the terms administration secretary Ben Carson member of the corona virus task force and head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development also known as Hud. And he is also a medical doctor thanks so much for your time. Pleasure. Secretary Carson a corona virus has created a troubling racial divide as you know and while we don't have national data on deaths by Reese. We do know that in Chicago for example blacks are three times more likely died from the virus than whites. In New York City blacks and Latinos are two times more likely to die is the administration doing enough to address this disparity. Well you know this crisis has really shined a light on this disparity issues that we have to look at the only her knee. Why is it then and Hispanic. And our American men these you have higher incidence of that I think you know you have to look at that thousands that you mention. That they're crowding the inability to have. Appropriate distancing. You to look at the nutritional issues woods and the B brilliance is Steve. The medical issues in terms of appropriate follow up transportation. And now here there are hopeful that things that are there will be picked. Their recruitment and holistic manner. And how do you do that I mean for example just today New York governor's mansion exactly what you're saying saying that that the new corona virus hospitalizations and deaths mostly originate in minority and low income neighborhoods. He raised that specific issue of how public housing residents. Are expected to socially distance in a tight space so how is your department addressing this issue and are there any solutions. Yes sir she loosens and this is probably our chance to really take care because Susan shares that. As significant amount money has been allocated so working. We federal state and local agencies we will Beirut it is prudent use federal lands for instance. Who does the building and they can he accuse. So the tremendous innovation and entrepreneurial spirit and insistence country. Believe we have to do something about the regulations I've been talking to governor and New Year's imperious. Officials around the country. About those barriers that proved that goes from building affordable housing. We're gonna Dave McGinnis that we're looking at new ways to utilize that federal housing funding. We're mold vile vile bouncers so that people have more choices over the. Camera president from his of course directed a White House counsel to address economic disparities in African American communities senator Tim Scott is heading that up. And is this senator has said that he in your staff have been trading ideas for an upcoming presentation any basic idea is that you can share with us as far as possibilities. And at least what you might be exploring. Well for one thing. You know we we want to Keba a national Urban Renewal program. And we really want to concentrate on the non profits you know we're looking at the public housing tenant empowerment Teamsters. And thinking about cities like how. We changed because people don't learn about tell where he. And I don't think you'll ever have the same number of people. Didn't these offices around the country it's gonna change. Because you are medical doctor the Anderson to get your opinion weighing in on president from before saying this week that he is taking on malaria drug I drug support Clinton as a preventative measure against. Cove in nineteen despite the drug's potential dangers even suggested that there's nothing to lose do you agree with the president on that and and also do you think that he should. Wear a mask which is something that experts agree would be helpful. Well remember that. You know the court quite have been used for sixty years from malaria. More recently it's been used from the citizen and all the inflammatory conditions. And has a very long safety record. But it has been used in conjunction with a health care provider who can determine where you and culture indications. But news of the medications so you get an idea. I think QH is sure to ever risk of transmission. Like medical workers and people who come in contact where a lot of people. It is not. A bit I can go cash your physician feels that way knowing your medical history that's a very important part of these changes to it. It what are not wearing a mask is as something that you Wear and also is a summing that you think that the president should. I Wear. When I cannot. Appropriately socially distant. And I think everybody she could. All right doctor Carson thank you. Glad to have you on the shelf.

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