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Severe cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, are disproportionately affecting African American communities, according to a report published Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The analysis includes data from 1,482 coronavirus patients hospitalized in 14 states: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee and Utah.
The article goes on to state the following:
Among the 580 patients for whom race or ethnicity information was available, 45 percent were white and 33 percent were black.
In those states, African Americans make up only 18 percent of the population.
“We don’t think African Americans are more susceptible to getting infected,” said Dr. Deborah Birx, a key member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, on NBC’s “TODAY” show Wednesday.
Pre-existing conditions like as diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and asthma can factor into the outcomes for coronavirus patients. These same underlying conditions are more prevalent in communities of color, as noted by Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, during Tuesday’s White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing.
The Chicago Department of Public Health found the rate of coronavirus cases among black residents is more than twice the rate of other groups, and 51.8 percent of all cases are black residents. An astounding 70 percent of deaths from coronavirus in the city are among black residents, yet they make up only a third of Chicago’s population.
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