Minorities have long experienced disparities with regard to health and medical care. This has been especially true with COVID-19, with ethnic and racial minorities three times more likely to contract the virus and twice as likely to die from it.
When it comes to the coronavirus, our ability to recover will only be as strong as our most vulnerable population. More than 350 languages are spoken across the U.S. In fact, one in five of us speaks a language other than English at home, while 26.5 million are officially considered limited-English proficient, meaning they are entitled to language assistance when seeking health care.Read More
Alarming racial disparities in who contracts and dies from coronavirus are playing out across the country, according to a new report. The New York Times has reviewed data from the Centers for Disease control that details 640,000 infections in more than a thousand U.S. counties.
Among the hardest-hitting findings is the fact that Latino and Black people are three times as likely to become infected with COVID-19 as their white neighbors. Latinos and Blacks are twice as likely to die from the virus.Read More
Hispanics comprise just 18 percent of the U.S. population, yet they make up 33 percent of all COVID-19 cases.
This is according to a report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It offers a complete picture of who in the United States has been diagnosed with Covid-19 and how they fared.
According to the report, "the coronavirus pandemic continues to be severe, particularly in certain population groups. These preliminary findings underscore the need to build on current efforts to collect and analyze case data, especially among those with underlying health conditions."Read More
Health crises do not affect everyone equally.
The coronavirus pandemic and recent social unrest have shined a light on the racial and socioeconomic disparities in health and health care in North America. Ethnic minority communities and groups of lower socioeconomic status consistently experience worse health outcomes, and have more difficulty accessing health care and health education.Read More