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The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has exposed the consequences of inequality in the US. Even though all US residents are likely equally susceptible to infection with SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2), the virus that causes COVID-19 disease, the resulting illness and the distribution of deaths reinforces systems of discriminatory housing, education, employment, earnings, health care, and criminal justice.1,2 The patterns of COVID-19 illuminate centuries of support systems that the US did not build and investments it did not make.
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Corresponding Author: Jonathan M. Metzl, MD, PhD, Department of Medicine, Health, and Society, Vanderbilt University, 300 Calhoun Hall, Nashville, TN 37235 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Published Online: June 4, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.9289
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.
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