We know Coronavirus is impacting Black, Latinx, and Native Americans at rates far higher than whites. New data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control shows the racial gap is far worse than previously known.
“Racial disparities in this pandemic are nothing new, but a massive collection of test results is the surest evidence yet of a horrifying trend,” reports Olivia Messer at Daily Beast:
In a new, massive federal survey of novel coronavirus cases in the United States, a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers an in-depth breakdown by gender, race, ethnicity, and health factors.
Among 1,320,488 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases considered by the CDC between January 22 and May 30, 2020—of which only 45 percent had race or ethnicity data—33 percent were Hispanic or Latino of any race and 22 percent of infections were among Black Americans, the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released Monday found. For context, those communities account for about 18 percent and 13 percent of the U.S. population, respectively.
The numbers amount to the best evidence yet that the deadly pandemic has had an outsized impact on communities of color.
• Coronavirus Is Hitting Black and Hispanic Americans Harder. CDC Data Shows How Much. [dailybeast] • Coronavirus Disease 2019 Case Surveillance — United States, January 22–May 30, 2020 [cdc.gov]