According to newly released data, half of all confirmed COVID-19 cases and nearly 60 percent of deaths in the United States occur in counties with high black rates,media The Verge reported. CoVID-19 also has higher diagnoses and deaths in counties with a high percentage of black residents, according to the new analysis.
Only 22 percent of u.S. counties are disproportionately black, but the majority of new crown deaths in the country come from those counties. The findings are the most comprehensive evidence yet in the United States of how the new coronavirus has done more harm to African-Americans, as data on race in the United States have so far been incomplete.
“Unfortunately, when a vaccine is available, we may see history repeat itself,” Gregorio Millett, lead researcher on the study, said in a press release. “That’s why it’s important to have studies like this and other studies that show where THE diagnosis and death of COVID-19 is concentrated to ensure that these marginalized groups are the first to receive them. “
The study, published Tuesday on the AIDS Research Foundation’s website, asked other scientists to comment on it. The results of the study are subject to change before they are finalized and published. The foundation works with Emory University, Johns Hopkins University, the O’Neill Institute, Georgetown University and the University of Mississippi Medical Center. They analyzed data collected on or before 13 April on the epidemic.
Since March, the racial classification of COVID-19 cases has been continuously emerging from states and cities. According to a recent sample of 305 patients by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 80 percent of new coronavirus patients hospitalized in Georgia are black. Although black residents make up less than a third of the population of the area. But the CDC’s national data still lack sits on the race of more than 55 percent of COVID-19 cases nationwide.
Lawmakers have urged the Department of Health and Human Services to collect racial and ethnic demographic statistics. “The lack of information will exacerbate existing health gaps and result in the loss of lives in vulnerable communities,” they wrote in a March 27 letter to the agency. “Existing racial disparities and inequalities in health outcomes and health services may mean that national responses to prevent and mitigate their harm are not equally felt in every community. “
More than 90 percent of the counties in the study were in the South. But the researchers found that African-American communities had more cases and deaths, regardless of whether the area was rural or urban.
According to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, there are significant differences in hospitalization rates and deaths in new York City. The Bronx has the highest percentage of minorities and higher rates of mortality and hospitalization than other counties in New York City. Manhattan, on the other hand, is predominantly white, with the lowest rates of death and hospitalization.
The new study also highlights that uninsured American households living in crowded environments, and those exposed to more air pollution are also higher in counties where blacks are disproportionately exposed — all of which are associated with the difficulty of maintaining health in these communities. These counties are also less likely to maintain social distance than other counties, according to cell phone location data. The study also noted that African-Americans are more likely to become necessary workers who cannot work from home, despite “in-place asylum” orders.
While the data are still emerging, it’s not necessarily surprising to public health experts working to end racial disparities in the wide range of health outcomes caused by long-standing economic and social barriers. “This is the social condition we created,” David Williams, a professor of public health at Harvard University, told The Verge in April. “I hope this is a wake-up call for the United States. “