Navajo Nation Fighting Coronavirus and Longtime Inequities

16 min
at 9:40 AM
A trailer stands on land belonging to members of the Navajo Nation in the town of Thoreau on June 06, 2019 in Thoreau, New Mexico. ( Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

With more than three thousand infections and 102 deaths from coronavirus as of Monday, the Navajo Nation in the southwestern U.S. currently has the third highest per-capita infection rate after New York and New Jersey. The virus is taking a devastating toll on an already under-resourced community where issues like access to water and crowded housing arrangements make virus prevention methods more difficult. And it was only last Wednesday that the nation received its roughly $600 million portion of much needed federal relief funds. We'll hear from Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer and get the latest on conditions there.

Guests:

Dr. Sriram Shamasunder, associate professor of medicine and founder of the HEAL Initiative, UCSF

Myron Lizer, vice president, Navajo Nation

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