Studies Highlight COVID-19 Racial Health Disparities

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  • Three of four studies have revealed that non-white, low-income population groups have been the worst affected by the coronavirus outbreak
  • One study, published in JAMA Netowrk Open, found that 59.1% of 369 patients who tested positive for COVID-19 at a Milwaukee hospital in March were blacks
  • According to the study, black patients were 5.4 times more likely to test positive than other races
  • After adjusting for patient ZIP code, black patients were found to be 1.9 times more likely to require hospitalization than whites
  • Poor patients also had a 3.6 times higher risk of requiring intensive care, regarldless of their race
  • The study authors concluded that the higher morbidity and mortality of COVID-19 in black populations is not because of lower survival rates but because of the higher prevalence of the infection among blacks