#AceHealthReport – June.17: The findings provide additional confirmation that, as the CDC’s own report says, black and brown communities have been “disproportionately affected” by the pandemic. African-Americans account for only 13.4 percent of the U.S. population, according to the Census Bureau, but the CDC says they accounted for 22 percent of coronavirus infections studied in the new analysis. (A little more than half of all coronavirus cases in the U.S. do not include racial data, making a complete picture of the pandemic’s racial outcomes effectively impossible.)
SOURCE: Yahoo News, Alexander Nazaryan: People of Color Account for 64 Percent of Coronavirus Cases in the U.S.
Latinos represent 18.3 percent of the population, according to the last census of the American population, conducted a decade ago: But the CDC found that they suffered 33 percent of the coronavirus infections in the cohort covered by the study.
Native Americans account for 1.3 percent of infections across the nation, which is just slightly more than their share of the general population (1.2 percent) The coronavirus has affected the Navajo Nation, a reservation across three Southwestern states, with exceptional force.
White Americans accounted for 36 percent of coronavirus infections, while they make up 76.5 percent of the nation’s population: Asian-Americans, people of Hawaiian-Pacific Islander background and people who identified as biracial or multiracial represented much smaller shares of the infected population.
The new data, the first from the federal government to fully describe the pandemic’s racial impact, comes amid continuing protests against police killings of black men: Those protests have highlighted broader inequalities in American society, including those pertaining to how widely different communities can access proper health care.
Though health researchers and journalistic outlets have tried to address the lack of data, the CDC’s case surveillance study appears to be the most complete effort to address that shortfall: The report also discusses comorbidities that exacerbate the effect of the coronavirus, such as lung disease and diabetes. It also analyzes coronavirus infections by gender and age.
#AceHealthDesk report …………………Published: June.17: 2020: