- In the United States, African-American communities tend to have higher poverty rates, limited health care access and higher rates of jobs in service industries making it more difficult to work from home, with a subsequent increased exposure risk1
- Infection rate is more than 3 times higher in predominantly African-American counties and death rate is 6-fold higher than in predominantly white counties2.
- In Chicago, Black individuals make up more than 50% of cases of COVID-19 and about 70% of COVID-19 deaths, but they make up 30% of the population2.
- In the UK, 14% of confirmed COVID-19 are Asian and 12% are African, though ethnic minority population only represent 14%3.
This data come from 3 articles. Laurencin CT et al wrote an article on the racial and ethnic distribution of COVID-19 and fatalities in the State of Connecticut. Yancy CW wrote a viewpoint about African American who would be more prone to contracting and die from COVID-19 in the US. Rimmer wrote a news article about ethic minority healthcare workers and their susceptibility to the new virus.
- Laurencin CT., McClinton A. (April 18, 2020). The COVID-19 Pandemic: a Call to Action to Identify and Address Racial and Ethnic Disparities. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, Springer Link. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40615-020-00756-0
- Yancy CW. (April 15, 2020). COVID-19 and African Americans. JAMA.
- Abi Rimmer. (April 12, 2020). Covid-19: Disproportionate impact on ethnic minority healthcare workers will be explored by government. BMJ. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m1562