Hispanics and black Americans are dying disproportionately due to Covid-19, according to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The study, published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly report on Friday, focuses on the migratory population issues of epidemic deaths during the summer.
Between May and August Gust, 114,411 Americans lost their lives to Covid-19. A large number of the dead were elderly white men.
Although only 12.5% of the U.S. population, blacks accounted for about 18% of all deaths during this period. Hispanics account for more than 24% of deaths, but 18.5% of the population.
In the summer the demographic content began to shift. The percentage of Hispanics who died between May and August Gust has risen from 16% to more than 26%, while the proportion of white or black deaths has dropped.
The CDC said there has been a geographical shift in deaths. The highest concentration of early deaths in the epidemic was in the northeast, but the numbers shifted west and south. Geographical differences, however, are not responsible for the increase in the death rate in the Hispanic community, the CDC said.
Researchers believe that the epidemic in the Hispanic community has been severe because of the high levels of covid-19 caused by their work. Hispanics are more likely to live in multifamily households or to live in a family with multiple generations, which makes social distance difficult.
About a quarter of epidemic deaths have occurred in places where people live in nursing homes or in group settings in long-term care facilities. Many of these deaths occurred early in the epidemic. But nursing homes stopped allowing outside visitors and more aggressively tested residents and isolated those who were sick, the death rate has slowed and the epidemic has shifted to a younger and non-organized population.
To limit the spread of the disease, the CDC recommends that people use face masks, wash their hands frequently, keep physical distance from others, and avoid large gatherings.