There is no stopping covid-19 without stopping racismBMJ 2020; 369 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m2244 (Published 09 June 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;369:m2244
- Abraar Karan, internal medicine physician1,
- Ingrid Katz, associate faculty director2
- 1Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
- 2Harvard Global Health Institute, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Doctors like us who have been working on the covid-19 response in the US have been told to “stay in our lane” as the murder of George Floyd has triggered the largest anti-racism movement since the 1990s.
Unsurprisingly, many prominent physicians and public health leaders have remained relatively silent on the topic of racism, which has historically been falsely politicised as a matter of partisanship. It is not. And it is our lane.
Racism has always been a public health problem. Racism kills our patients, our neighbours, our colleagues, our leaders.
A number of people who see the protests as possible drivers of more covid-19 cases have suggested that it’s hypocritical of doctors to support anti-racism protestors now when weeks earlier they denounced large crowds because of the risk of spreading the virus.
Framing anti-racism protests against the control of covid-19 is a false dichotomy. Will crowds possibly lead to more covid-19 …