Degree Type

Creative Component

Semester of Graduation

Spring 2021


Biomedical Sciences

First Major Professor

Dr. Heather Greenlee


Master of Science (MS)


Biomedical Sciences


Covid-19 has swept the world and is causing a drastic change in day-to-day lives and healthcare. As the novel coronavirus is being researched, it is found that pre-existing health conditions can gravely increase the severity of Covid-19 symptoms. Focusing on obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases, the angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 was shown to be a common contributor to the entry and spread of SARS-CoV-2 throughout the body. With the increased spread of SARS-CoV-2, the symptoms of Covid-19 in these conditions were shown to be critical and include respiratory depression, a decrease in blood oxygen levels, and multiple organ failure. Examining obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease during the pandemic has shown disproportionate effects on various communities. African American, Latinx, Native American, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders communities are shown to be disadvantaged when it comes to Covid-19 and the three pre-existing health conditions. Not only do socioeconomic factors disproportionately affect these communities, but so do vaccine distribution. The pandemic has allowed for conversations regarding disparities and can potentially change the healthcare field and eliminate ethnic and racial disparities.

Copyright Owner

Kumar, Sugandh

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Diseases Commons