Senator Elizabeth Warren Says CDC Failed to Capture True Toll of COVID-19 on People of Color

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  • Senator ElizabetH Warren has called on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCD) to revise its estimates of COVID-19 morbidity and mortality in people of color
  • The Massachussets Democrat accused the CDC of providing an inaccurate assessment of the disease risk among communities of color relative to white Americans
  • Warren wrote in a letter sent to the CDC last week that the agency had ignored the age disparity between racial groups in the US and how that affects disease risk
  • Warren cited a page on CDC's website that says Black people are 2 times more likely to die of COVID-19 than White Americans. Warren says the statement does not tell the true story
  • Citing an analysis conducted by research firm APM Research Lab, Warren noted that when statistics were adjusted for age differences between the racial and ethnic groups, it found that mortality rates were 3.2 times higher for Black Americans and 3.2 times higher for Latin Americans than non-Hispanic white Americans
  • Warren noted that the analyses suggest that the virus appeared to be killing younger people of color than White people, which is not reflected in CDC's reports