Black and Hispanic Americans are disproportionately more likely to die from COVID-19 in the spring and summer months, a new indicator that the coronavirus toll has fallen sharply on homeless and minority families.
A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that more than 114,000 Americans died of COVID-19 between May and August and found that 24 percent were Hispanic or Latino, even though only about 18 percent of those Americans are in Hispanic decency.
Black is only 12.5 percent of Americans, but Black people account for nearly 19 percent of all coronavirus deaths over a four-month period.
Nearly 51 percent of COVID-19 deaths occurred among non-Hispanic white Americans. Non-Hispanic whites make up 76 percent of the U.S. population, according to Census Bureau estimates.
CDC researchers said in Friday’s report that the disproportionately higher death rates among non-whites are likely to come from a variety of cultural and socioeconomic causes. Minorities are more likely to live in multigenerational or multifamily housing; more likely to work in jobs that require their physical presence such as meatpacking, services and health care jobs; and are more likely to suffer from underlying conditions, such as diabetes and overweight, which are tied to worse outcomes in COVID-19 patients.
The new data also reflects the marked geographical change caused by the pandemic during the summer months. A first wave of COVID-19 cases infiltrating the Northeast gradually moved south and west, and little to half of all virus-related deaths in May occurred in the Northeheast states. That number fell below 10 percent in July.
In the southern states, the death toll has risen dramatically. By July and August, nearly 60 percent of all COVID-19 deaths occurred in the South, while western states accounted for nearly 1 in 5 deaths.
Northeastern states, hit hard by a first wave of coronavirus infections, are rapidly moving to implement mask requirements and widespread test regimes. They also moved more slowly to lift lockdowns and restrictions on facilities such as bars and restaurants, in contrast to the south and state of the Sun Belt which still opened early – and suffered a devastating summer in which virus the younger adults.
CDC experts say the proportion of deaths over 65 and the share in nursing homes were both declined during the summer months. Indicating that older Americans have taken extra precautions as infections in younger Americans have increased, and home care facilities have become better at risk management after an early outbreak. in assisted living facilities in March and April.