The fact that the current pandemic is affecting people’s mental health as much as their physical health is no secret. These include people of color, migrants, and people of various ethnic backgrounds. “In general, minorities, particularly African Americans, have poorer health and health outcomes than white people,” authors note. To begin with, past research has shown that African American, Native Hawaiian, Hispanic, and Asian individuals have higher rates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than white individuals. Since some specialists have already expressed concern that the current pandemic may increase the risk of PTSD in the general population, it may be that it affects people of color and those from diverse ethnic groups even more significantly. Also, people of diverse ethnicities also account for a large proportion of the workforce deemed “essential” during the pandemic, which means that they are more at risk of contracting SARS-CoV-2, the new coronavirus. The APA (American Psychological Association) explain that this is because discrimination and marginalization can hinder socioeconomic growth as well as access to appropriate healthcare, including formal mental health support. According to Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO director general, “the impact of the pandemic on people’s mental health is already extremely concerning. A failure to take people’s emotional well-being seriously will lead to long-term social and economic costs to society”.