Health Editor’s Note: Does ethnicity or race play a part in whether someone will get COVID-19 and if they do contract this virus, are they doomed to be more severely affected and die more frequently? While we have had underreporting of numbers of testings, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19, by not listing race or ethnicity as a descriptor when diagnosing a case, it is impossible to tell if COVID-19 is taking advantage of genetics. It is suspected that it is.
African Americans and Latinos make up a disproportionate portion of the COVID-19 census. These minorities are bearing the brunt of this virus…..Carol
Black doctors blast ‘woefully anemic’ data on minority coronavirus cases
By Maya King/Politico
Preliminary data shows that minority patients are disproportionately at risk of being hospitalized or dying from Covid-19. But health professionals say the numbers that have been released aren’t telling the whole story.
Gross underreporting of tests, hospitalizations and deaths related to Covid-19 has plagued racial and ethnic data at the state and federal levels. Nearly half of all states have not included any data on the race or ethnicity of those affected by the coronavirus. Figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday list the race and ethnicity of 75 percent of all cases as unspecified. None of the race and ethnicity statistics for deaths have been reported nationally.
The incomplete figures have made it more difficult to respond to the crisis in the neediest communities, which are majority-minority, advocates and health professionals of color say. The data — particularly related to testing outcomes — is crucial to both treating the virus and stopping its spread in these communities.