According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, racial minorities were three times as likely to be hospitalised with covid-19 as whites in 2020. Why? Data scientists at a3.ai, a health-research group, analysed the insurance records of 14m patients in the Covid-19 Research Database, 380,000 of whom were diagnosed with the virus, to disentangle the causes for The Economist. Those racial inequities persist even after controlling for socioeconomic factors. But one notable finding is that Hispanic Americans were the most vulnerable group.
This analysis has limitations. Only those who filed a medical claim with covid-19 as the diagnosis are listed as having the disease. This…
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Across the United States, the pandemic has shattered families like Mr. Ruby’s. Hispanic American communities have been pummeled by a higher rate of infections than any other racial or ethnic group and have experienced hospitalizations and deaths at rates exceeded only by those among Native Americans and Alaska Natives.
Covid-19 has taken an outsized toll on Black and Hispanic Americans – and those disparities extend to medical workers.
As the coronavirus continues to ravage the United States, it also continues to disproportionately impact Latino communities. Latinos are being hospitalized at more than four times the rate of white people. (African Americans and Native Americans are also being hospitalized at similar rates.)
When COVID-19 heavily struck the U.S. in early 2020, it disproportionately affected Hispanics. In part because a big proportion of this group was classified as essential workers who had a heightened level of exposure to the virus. In addition, Hispanics have higher rates of underlying health problems. Hispanics are 23% more likely to have obesity, 24% more likely to have poorly controlled high blood pressure, and are 50% more likely to die from diabetes or liver disease than their white counterparts.
Experts said infection rates could be even higher in largely Hispanic neighborhoods than government statistics show, as misinformation about testing is common, particularly among those living in the country without legal authorization.
“In particular, these findings show these racial/ethnic minority households may have limited financial resources to weather long-term financial and health effects of the coronavirus outbreak, as large shares have already depleted their savings and are having major problems paying for basic costs of living, including food, rent, and medical care,” the pollsters wrote.
The US health system has failed black and Latino populations for decades. Now they’re paying the price.
It is a question that epidemiologists around the country are examining as more and more evidence emerges that the coronavirus is impacting Latinos, and some other groups, including African-Americans, with particular force.
Hispanics have been at a higher risk of hospitalization or death from COVID-19 than some other racial and ethnic groups in the U.S., according to data compiled by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
While everyone is at risk, low-income, Black and Latino Californians are dying at higher rates than high-income and non-Latino whites – and analyses suggest these gaps are widening.
Like the experiments in the 1940s, where the U.S. Public Health Service used sex workers to expose prisoners in Guatemalan jails with sexually transmitted diseases, or in the 1950s, where Puerto Rican women from low-income communities were given experimental birth control pills without being told they were part of a clinical trial. Arroyo says her department is aware that some people don't want their personal information shared with the federal government.
For nearly a year, the Covid-19 pandemic has killed Black and Latino Americans at disproportionately high rates. Now, scientists predict those deaths will have lasting effects on these populations’ life expectancies.
Vaccine misinformation is rampant online. But of all the rumors on social media that are spread in English, “it’s twice as bad in Spanish,” claims Kumar. This misinformation, she says, disproportionately affects non-native English speakers.
Researchers still do not understand why.