Overall, racial and ethnic minorities in the United States have had higher rates of infection, hospital stays and death caused by the COVID-19 virus than white, non-Hispanic people. Non-Hispanic American Indians or Alaska Natives are 2.7 times more likely to need to stay in the hospital due to COVID-19 than non-Hispanic white people, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Non-Hispanic Black or African American people and Hispanic people are about twice as likely to need to stay in the hospital due to COVID-19 than non-Hispanic white people.
Possible factors include:
Research also shows that people of color are often more greatly affected by public health emergencies, such as Hurricane Katrina.
The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the need to promote the health and well-being of members of racial and ethnic minority groups.
Daniel C. DeSimone, M.D.
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