“A study co-authored by Tyson Brown of Duke has found COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting people of color in the United States.
Researchers found that the difference between how COVID-19 affects older, white communities versus their Black and Latinx counterparts is stark.
The study, “The Color of COVID-19: Structural Racism and the Pandemic’s Disproportionate Impact on Older Black and Latinx Adults,” is published in the Journals of Gerontology. Brown co-authored the study with Patricia Homan of Flordia State University, Marc Garcia and Catherine Garcia of the University of Nebraska.
While drawing data from the Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, academic literature and news sources, the study found that the COVID-19 death rate amongst Black adults age 65 and older is about three times the death rate compared to whites in the same age group. Latinx persons 65 years or older are two times more likely than their white cohorts to die from the novel coronavirus. ”