Since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, the first concern for Lisa Cooper, director of the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity, was the heightened risk for communities of color—a concern that proved to be true.
Less access to health care and working at essential jobs are among the factors that put minority communities at greater risk of COVID-19 illness, Cooper told Hopkins Bloomberg Public Health Magazine.
2 new studies bear this out:
- A JAMA Internal Medicine analysis of COVID-19 hospitalizations found that in all 12 states studied, the percentage of hospitalizations among Black patients exceeded their population representation.
- A CDC report on workplace COVID-19 outbreaks in Utah found that non-white workers accounted for 73% of the cases, yet make up less than a quarter of Utah’s workforce.