COVID-19 has disproportionately affected communities of color across the United States because of social inequalities and inequalities in the health care system that have existed for a long time. Minorities are more likely than whites to lack health insurance and have less access to health care. And some people of color may be more distrustful of the health care system. People of color are also more likely than whites to have underlying health conditions such as hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, and obesity that predispose them to complications from COVID-19. Certain minority groups are disproportionately represented in occupations that are considered essential, such as health care workers; grocery store, delivery, and public transportation employees; and farm and factory workers. To do a deep dive into the demographics of COVID-19 cases and deaths across the country, Stacker consulted the COVID Racial Data Tracker , a collaboration between the COVID Tracking Project at The Atlantic and the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. The COVID Racial Data Tracker compiles race and ethnicity data reported by state health departments and organizes this data into standardized labels; data in this story is cumulative as of Dec. 13, 2020. The story also uses the COVID Racial… Read full this story
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