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Covid-19 is sending Black, Latino and Native American people to the hospital at about 4 times the rate of others

November 17, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Black, Hispanic and Native American people infected with Covid-19 are about four times more likely to be hospitalized than others, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows.

(CNN)Black, Hispanic and Native American people infected with Covid-19 are about four times more likely to be hospitalized than others, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows.

While White and non-Hispanic Black people represented the highest number of hospitalizations, racial and ethnic groups were disproportionately impacted.

The same was true for American Indian or Alaska Native and non-Hispanic Black people, who were hospitalized about 4. 1 and 3. 9 times the rate of non-Hispanic White persons, the CDC said.

The number of Covid-19 cases among Black and Hispanic children and across all ages is higher than other groups.

Black and Hispanic people infected with the virus also died at disproportionately higher rates over the summer.

Jarvis Chen, a social epidemiologist at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, said more people of color have jobs where they can be exposed to the virus in areas like health care, food production and public transportation.

"These are real situations that people have to deal with that impact the possibility that people feel like they don't have a choice in terms of being able to stay home even if they have symptoms that could be in fact Covid-19 symptoms," said Chen, whose research focuses on social inequalities in health.

There have been more than 26,000 positive Covid-19 cases in the county and 27% of them involved Black people.

From the more than 400 people who have died of Covid-19 in Jefferson County about 48% were Black, according to data from county health and emergency management officials.

Van Phillips, principal at the high school that one of Skinner's daughters attends, reached out to families to explain how Covid-19 disproportionately impacts Black and Hispanic people.

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