Black, Latinos, and Native Americans disproportionately killed by Covid-19 Study Says

When researchers compared the number of deaths that occurred between 2019 and 2020, they found that among the excess deaths in 2020, 74% were due to Covid.  Deaths among Blacks and American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) were 3 to 4 times higher and Latino deaths were nearly 2 times higher than in white populations according to a study led by the National Cancer Institute published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

Severe outcomes of COVID-19, including hospitalizations and deaths, have disproportionately affected, Black, Native Americans, and Latino populations in the USA. According to the study, overall deaths of male and female Blacks, Latinos, and Native Americans were two to three times higher than those of White and Asian males and females during the assessed period when population per 100,000 people was accounted for.

 The study also revealed that Black, Latino, and Native American Covid-related deaths were “at least 2 times higher” than those of their White counterparts.

“Black and Latino persons are more likely to have occupational exposures to COVID-19 than White persons; they also are more likely to live in multigenerational households and more densely populated neighborhoods and have less access to health care and private transportation,” researchers said.

There were pronounced racial and ethnic disparities in the United States in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in rapid increases in racial/ethnic disparities in Covid-related deaths between 2019 and 2020.