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COVID-19: The American Apartheid Hotspot Detector

lthough infectious diseases are biological in form, they invariably take place in a social context. Hence, the best way to understand epidemics and outbreaks is to understand the social context in which they take place. Before discussing the social context of the novel coronavirus, it is useful to review how social arrangements and power dynamics played a role with epidemics of the past.

The Social Context of Previous Epidemics

hroughout the history of widespread epidemics and global pandemics, deadly pathogens have…



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Lawrence Brown

Urban Afrofuturist. Equity scientist. Author of “The Black Butterfly: The Harmful Politics of Race and Space in America.”