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Black, Latino, And Native American Communities Being Hospitalized At Higher Rates For Covid

Covid-19 cases are surging throughout the U.S. More than 100,000 people a day are testing positive for the virus. A recent study shows that Black, Latino, and Native American people are four times more likely to be hospitalized for Covid-19.

There is more evidence that communities of color are facing disproportionate levels of Covid hospitalizations.

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is highlighting news we have been hearing throughout the pandemic. Communities of color are under attack by Covid at disproportionate hospitalization levels when compared to their white counterparts.

The CDC report shows that Latinos are 4.2 times more likely to be hospitalized when compared to non-Latino white people. Native Americans and Black people are 4.1 to 3.9 times as likely to be hospitalized from Covid than their white counterparts.

The staggering statistic is part of a trend of communities of color suffering disproportionately from Covid.

An earlier study by the CDC found that Black and Latino people were more likely to suffer from workplace outbreaks. Many Latinos fill roles in frontline jobs and the industries hit hard by workplace outbreaks have Latino overrepresented. According to the study, workplace outbreaks in Utah were heaviest in three industries: manufacturing, wholesale retail, and construction. While Latinos made up one quarter of the workforce, they represented one-third of Covid infections.

Latinos have been facing some of the wort impacts from the virus from health to finances.

The Latino community has faced a devastated financial burden from Covid-19. In Los Angeles, Latinos have lost more financially than other communities because of Covid. According to a study by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 71 percent of Latino households in Los Angeles were facing serious financial hardships. This is compared to 52 percent of Black households and 31 percent of whites.

The incoming Biden/Harris administration is ready to tackle the disproportionate impact on communities of color.

Covid-19 is exposing the several inequities that exist in our society. The disproportionate death, infection, and hospitalization rates of Covid in communities of color needs to be addressed. People are calling on the federal government to step up and help their suffering citizens.

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