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Getting to decide isn't an option for everyone: COVID-19 teaches yes, it is everyone's problem

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Dr. Glenn Simmons Jr. has an analogy about the COVID-19 pandemic and organ donation.

But it's not the stretch it might seem.

There are laws against selling your own organs, he explains, because the people most likely to do so are already the people with the fewest resources.

Minnesota's Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan said last week, “I think we’ve heard some say that COVID-19 is the great equalizer, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. What this crisis has done is lay bare the inequities that already existed within our state.”

Tonight, a collection of  health experts will live-stream a talk about the challenges of COVID-19 faced by Black, Indigenous and people of color, already at greater risk due to racism, health and health care disparities.

It's a chance to learn about the concerns of our neighbors, says Simmons, and either be a part of healing a painful history or being of service going forward.

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