Bias at warp speed: how AI may contribute to the disparities gap in the time of COVID-19

Abstract. The COVID-19 pandemic is presenting a disproportionate impact on minorities in terms of infection rate, hospitalizations, and mortality.

In terms of infection rate, hospitalisation and mortality, the Covid-19 pandemic presents a disproportionate impact on minorities. Many believe that artificial intelligence could be a solution to guide clinical decision making to overcome this novel disease. However, the rapid dissemination of underdeveloped, and potentially biased models could exacerbate the disparities gap by making race affect the allocation of resources for Covid-19 patients.