Original Articles“I Can't Breathe”: Biopower in the Time of COVID-19 An Exploration of How Biopower Manifests in the Dual Pandemics of COVID and RacismEspina, Christine R. DNP, MN, RN; Narruhn, Robin A. PhD, MN, RNAuthor Information Department of Health and Community Studies, RN-to-BSN Program, Western Washington University, Bellingham (Dr Espina); and College of Nursing, Seattle University, Seattle, Washington (Dr Narruhn). Correspondence: Christine R. Espina, DNP, MN, RN, Department of Health and Community Studies, RN-to-BSN Program, Western Washington University, 516 High St MS 9188, Bellingham, WA 98225 ([email protected]); and Robin A. Narruhn, PhD, MN, RN, College of Nursing, Seattle University, 901 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 ([email protected]). Drs Espina and Narruhn are considered as joint first authors. The authors thank Tracey Pyscher, PhD, for reading the draft and sharing insights with them. This manuscript is dedicated to Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others murdered by racist state sanctioned violence. The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article. Advances in Nursing Science: July/September 2021 - Volume 44 - Issue 3 - p 183-194 doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000355 Buy Metrics Abstract In this article, we apply Agamben's theory of biopower and other related concepts to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. We explore the similarities between the COVID-19 pandemic and the pandemic of racism. Concepts such as bios, zoe, homo sacer, and states of exception can be applied to understand inequities among marginalized communities in the COVID-19 pandemic. We recommend that nurses and health care workers use critical conscientization and structural competency to increase awareness and develop interventions to undo the injustices related to biopower faced by many in the COVID-19 pandemic. © 2021 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.