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Vulnerable Populations

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the conditions in which people live, learn, work, and play contribute to their health. These conditions, over time, lead to different levels of health risks, needs, and outcomes among some people in certain racial and ethnic minority groups.

In Alabama, African Americans tend to live in poorer communities, have less access to healthcare services, and have higher instances of chronic disease. These and other social and socioeconomic risk factors contribute to a disproportionately higher risk of morbidity and mortality related to COVID-19.

Individuals from other racial and ethnic minority groups are also at greater risk, along with those who are elderly, immunocompromised, and those living with chronic conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, asthma, HIV/AIDS, etc. Individuals with disabilities and those experiencing homelessness are also at increased risk.



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Page last updated: March 15, 2023