Faculty Spotlight: Zinobia Bennefield featured in PBS NOVA Article

PBS NOVA published an article online discussing the link between chronic stress and an increased risk to COVID-19. More specifically, the article focuses on how chronic stress -especially the stress of racism- has affected minorities at an alarming rate within the United States. Native Americans are being hospitalized five times more than whites for coronavirus symptoms and Black Americans make up almost a quarter of COVID-19 deaths. Zinobia Bennefield, an assistant professor within our department, was asked to share her research findings and own experience as a Black woman in the U.S. and how the effects of racism can be seen as a direct contribution to the current pandemic.

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How the stress of racism can harm your health—and what that has to do with Covid-19