Black children in York are battling a lead paint epidemic plus COVID-19 | Opinion

Long before COVID-19 devastated black communities, there was another silent pandemic targeting Black Pennsylvanians: lead. Black individuals made up 30% of the deaths in Pennsylvania from COVID-19 when race was reported.

Many were shocked that a pandemic was targeting a race so specifically in a state like PA. Unfortunately, lead is no different.

Here in York, children are over four times more likely to have elevated blood lead levels than children who lived in Flint, Michigan at the height of…

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