More African Americans die from coronavirus in the United States than white or other ethnic groups, according to a new study.
Black Americans represent only 13.4% of the US population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, but account for more than half of all Covid-19 cases and nearly 60% of deaths, the study found.
Inequalities, including access to health care, are likely to be blamed, researchers concluded in a report released Tuesday.
The team of epidemiologists and clinicians at four universities worked with amfAR, the AIDS research non-profit, and the Seattle Center for Vaccine Innovation and Access, PATH, to analyze Covid-19 cases and deaths using county-level comparisons.
Race data is still missing in many areas, and their analysis uses what data was available from mid-April.
results: They compared counties with a disproportionate number of black residents – those with a population of 13% or more – with those with lower numbers of African American residents.
Counties with a higher population of black residents accounted for 52% of coronavirus diagnoses and 58% of Covid-19 deaths nationally, they said.
"Social conditions, structural racism and other factors increase the risk of COVID-19 diagnoses and deaths in black communities," wrote researchers from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, University of Mississippi Medical Center and Georgetown University's O & # 39; Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law.
"Overall, these data show significantly higher rates of COVID-19 diagnoses and deaths in disproportionately black counties compared to other counties, as well as major diabetes diagnoses, heart disease deaths and cerebrovascular disease deaths in unadjusted analyzes," the authors concluded.
The study, which is not yet peer reviewed, is currently under review in a medical journal and has not yet been published.