Hispanics and Black Americans are dying at an unequal rate due to Kovid-19, a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found.
The study, published Friday in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly report, examined the changing population of deaths from the summer pandemic.
Between May and August, 114,411 Americans lost their lives at the hands of Kovid-19. The highest number of elderly whites died.
Although only 12.5% of the U.S. population, blacks accounted for approximately 18% of deaths during this period. Hispanics account for more than 24% of deaths, but 18.5% of the population.
The population began to change over the summer. The percentage of Hispanics who died increased from 16% to 26% in deaths between May and August, while the proportion of those who died in white or black decreased.
The CDC said there was a geographical change in deaths. The highest death toll at the beginning of the epidemic was in the Northeast, but the number shifted west and south. The CDC states that geographical differences are not the cause of the rising death toll in Hispanic society.
Researchers believe the pandemic was difficult in Hispanic society because they may have been more exposed to Kovid-19 because of their work. Hispanics also have the option of living in multi-family homes or living in one family for several generations, which makes social distance difficult.
Nearly a quarter of those who die in the pandemic are living in group settings at a nursing home or long-term care facilities. Most of those deaths occurred at the beginning of the epidemic. Nursing homes ceased to allow outside visitors, more aggressively screening residents and isolating the sick, slowing down those deaths and shifting toward a young and unconstitutional population during the epidemic.
To limit the spread of the disease, the CDC continues to recommend that people use face masks, wash their hands frequently, keep physical distance from others, and avoid large gatherings.
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