UPDATED 3:50 PM PT – Sunday, December 27, 2020
Surgeon General Jerome Adams is calling attention to the history of medical racism across the U.S. amid the pandemic.
During an interview on Sunday, Adams said the issue needs to be addressed immediately in order to properly combat the ongoing coronavirus crisis within the black community. His comments came after alleged racist medical care led to the death of a black doctor in Indiana.
In a recent video, Dr. Susan Moore was allegedly begging for treatment in the hospital before she passed.
Dr. Susan Moore died today from COVID, but HOW she died is unacceptable. She posted a video to Facebook from an Indiana hospital days before her death about mistreatment. “This is how black people get killed when you send them home and they don’t know how to fight for themselves” https://t.co/iSF8rs7qmI pic.twitter.com/3a8qE6DhN3
— Cleavon MD (@Cleavon_MD) December 22, 2020
Adams said in order to combat the coronavirus in the black community, we need to acknowledge the past and make adjustments. According to a number of reports, communities of color in the U.S. have a greater chance of being impacted by the pandemic, primarily due to undiagnosed and untreated pre-existing conditions.
I see you leading by example @RepHankJohnson! Everyone- but especially those in the black community- should see and know we looked at the data, understand the process, and demonstrated by our actions we feel the #COVID19 vaccine is the right choice- for us AND our communities! https://t.co/l5t6Ei80VJ
— U.S. Surgeon General (@Surgeon_General) December 19, 2020
Adams also touted the work of a black female doctor who helped develop ‘Moderna’s’ COVID-19 vaccine. He commended the vaccine by saying, “We need to walk the talk,” citing his recent vaccination.
Adams said the reason he was vaccinated on live television was to show the public that he looked at the data from both his scientist and doctor perspective. The Surgeon General also praised the vaccine’s effectiveness and noted the trial groups were made up of diverse participants.
In the meantime, Adams stressed the importance of practicing coronavirus safety precautions during the holiday season.
(6/6) In the meantime, we need everyone to continue following the 3 Ws- wash your hands, wear a mask, watch your distance. We MUST continue to slow the spread while awaiting the vaccine.
— U.S. Surgeon General (@Surgeon_General) December 27, 2020
“Even if you traveled, it doesn’t mean you just throw your hands up in the air and say, ‘oh well,’” Adams said. “There are measures that you can take and the CDC… recommends 3 to 5 days after travel–or after you’ve been around people without a mask on–you go out and get tested.”
He added that getting frequent tests “reassures that you didn’t contract the virus from an asymptomatic spread” or spread it to others.
In a tweet, Adams also emphasized practicing the ‘Three-W’s’: washing your hands, wearing a mask and watching your distance.