Black, Hispanic, and Indigenous Death Rates Higher in United States

Data that has been collected by APM Research Lab, COVID Racial Data Tracker, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has shown that communities of color have disproportionately been affected by COVID-19 cases and death rates.

As of today there are 29.8 million total cases of coronavirus in the United States and a total of 542,000 deaths. These continue to rise. As the cases and deaths overall rise in the U.S., racial data has shown that people of color are contracting the virus and dying from it at higher rates.

At the national level, Black Americans, Latinos of any race, and Indigenous Americans have double the death rate compared to White Americans.

This is most likely due to long-standing racial bias in the medical field as well as social inequalities that put communities of color more at risk of getting sick. There are also inequities in health care access and many communities of color being in poverty. Many people belonging to minority groups are more likely to be uninsured than non-Hispanic White Americans.

Occupation can also play a role in this, as many minority groups are disproportionately represented in some fields such as the healthcare field, public transportation, grocery stores and more. In jobs like these, viruses and other forms of sickness are almost unavoidable.

Out of all the COVID-19 deaths in the United States where data on race and ethnicity is known, 15% of deaths have been Black lives. Black Americans saw their worst losses back in April 2020 in cities that were hot spots for coronavirus like New York City and Los Angeles. This data comes from the COVID Racial Data Tracker.

The Covid Racial Data Tracker is a project collaboration between Covid Tracking Project and the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. The COVID Tracking Project overall was started by two journalists from The Atlantic, Robinson Meyer and Alexis Madrigal.

When it comes to Indigneous peoples of the U.S., the Indigenous community has the highest mortality rates due to the virus across the entire country. 1 in 390 Indigenous Americans have died from COVID-19. In total, Indigneous people have lost about 5,477 people due to the virus that has ravaged their community.

Hispanic or Latino Americans are an ethnicity, so any death statistics of their includes any race. Out of 100,000 Americans, Latinos have a mortality rate of 147. They are also 2.4 more likely to have died from the virus compared to Non-Hispanic white and Asian demographics.

Hospitalization rates for these groups have also been higher.Indigneous people have been hospitalized 3.7 times more than White Americans. Black Americans have 2.9 times more and Latino Americans 3.1 times more.

These trends of higher cases, death rates and hospitalization have been consistent wherever data on race and ethnicity has been collected.

It should be noted that not every state has l COVID-19 data based on race and ethnicity and many do not report those who identify as “other” or “mixed race”.

Other ways communities of colors have been affected by COVID-19 is that many minority groups have been vaccinated at a slower rate. In Florida, Latinos have been vaccinated slower. Many Black Americans in Florida also feel that Governor Desantis is treating people of color as an afterthought. Florida is near the bottom of the rate where Black residents have been vaccinated out of the 34 states that share race and ethnicity vaccination data.

Overall, White people vaccination rates are nearly twice as high from Latinx people and 1.7 times as high for Black people.

All data comes from COVID Tracking Project, the CDC, APM Research Lab., and KFF

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