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Minorities Bear The Brunt Of COVID Deaths In U.S

As per the recent research, the current coronavirus epidemic has disproportionately negatively impacted minority groups in the United States, with substantially more fatalities among Hispanic and Black Americans than among white and Asian Americans. According to the study, these inequalities emphasize the need to address persistent injustices that have an impact on health and lifespan in the United States of America.

“Focusing only on COVID-19 fatalities without considering total deaths annually, that is, fatalities due to the non-causes in addition to COVID-19 deaths may misrepresent the actual effect of the pandemic,” said the research author Meredith Shiels in a statement. She works as a senior researcher at the National Cancer Institute of the United States.

Minorities Bear The Brunt Of COVID Deaths In U.S

For the analysis, the researchers compared data from March to December 2020 with information from the same months in 2019. They looked at extra fatalities by race/ethnicity, gender, age group, and death cause between March and December 2020. Data from preliminary death certificate information from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention in the United States, as well as population figures from the United States Census Bureau, were utilized by the team.

Minorities Bear The Brunt Of COVID Deaths In U.S

According to the findings, the results revealed that approximately 3 million individuals died in the U. S. between March 1 and December 31, 2020. This is a total of 477,200 extra fatalities when compared to the same time in the previous year, with COVID-19 accounting for 74% of such excess deaths. Following the adjustment for age, the extra fatalities by population size among African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native, as well as Hispanic women and men were more than twice those among white and Asian-American women and men, according to the study.

There has been an increase in age-adjusted all-cause mortality among Black & American Indian/Alaska Native males and females relative to white men and women as a consequence of the extra fatalities that occurred during the epidemic, with the difference widening between 2019 and 2020. For example, the investigators discovered that total deaths per population among Black males were 26 percent higher than total deaths per population among white men in 2019. Still, those total deaths by the community among Black men were 45 percent higher in 2020. The same may be said about females. According to a study published on October 5 in the Archives of Internal Medicine, overall deaths by the community among Black women were 15 percent higher than deaths by people among white women in 2019. By 2020, the disparity had increased to 32 percent.

One major contributing factor may be a person’s resistance to immunization. Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable, a co-author of the study and head of the National Institute on Minority Care and Wellbeing Disparities in the United States, is a leading expert on health disparities. It was he who stated, “In order to help reduce these COVID inequalities, our efforts at the National Institutes of Health have been primarily focused on encouraging testing and vaccination uptake via community-engaged research. Due to the fact that vaccination hesitancy is a genuine issue, we are tackling misinformation and mistrust by forming constructive relationships with trustworthy community stakeholders.”

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