TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — The CDC reports that African-American communities are being “disproportionately affected” by the coronavirus.

A professor at Florida A&M University’s Institute of Public Health are monitoring the trend closely.

As African-Americans are seeing a higher rate of hospitalizations and deaths, the factors such as geography, socioeconomics, and personal health are making the disease very dangerous for people of color.

“From New York to Philadelphia to Chicago to Milwaukee, Louisiana and certainly here in Florida, particularly in South Florida, we are seeing similar trends,” said FAMU professor of Public Health, Dr. C. Perry Brown.

Dr. Brown is shedding light on why the coronavirus is disproportionately affecting African-American communities.

“Diabetes or perhaps hypertension and both diabetes and hypertension are more prevalent in the African American community,” said Brown.

He adds that differences in diets and other personal habits like smoking could put African-Americans more at risk. Read the full article.