The Power of Trust and the Truth

In this op-ed, NHLBI’s Director, Dr. Gary H. Gibbons, and NIHMD’s Director, Dr. Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, share how seeking information from trusted leaders/messengers and trusting science can help turn the tide for pandemic-strapped communities of color.

COVID-19 has killed more than 230,000 people in the U.S., and the death toll continues to rise at a rate of about 1,000 per day.


We know, however, that families and communities don’t count their losses in thousands or hundreds; they count them one-by-one – a father, a teacher, a sister, a friend, a nurse, a son, a Tribal elder, a church member. And these losses hurt.

But some communities feel the impact of COVID-19 more than others. Latinos, along with African Americans and American Indians, account for more than half of all COVID-related cases, even though they represent just a third of the population.

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