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By Andrea Morales and Elyse Igliori

Dr. Susan Bleasdale, University of Illinois at Chicago’s medical director of infection control and infectious diseases, was one out of the many directors handling the COVID-19 pandemic who noticed the severity of the disease on the city’s South and West Sides

“In our black and brown communities they tend to be individuals that are ongoing essential workers too, people that were coming from these communities and adding socioeconomic challenges” she said.

“These tended to be communities with people that are having to continue to work. I think there’s some uniqueness in the multi-generational homes…

Elyse Igliori

Communications and Psychology major at University of Illinois- Chicago

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