The coronavirus’s disproportionate impact on Hispanic, Black and American Indian adults is mirrored in children and youths, according to a CDC report released yesterday.
- Of the 121 under-21s killed by the virus through July, 75% were Hispanic, Black, or American Indian though they make up just 41% of the US under-21 population.
- Among those killed, 45% were Hispanic, 29% Black, and 4% American Indian.
- There were 391,814 known COVID-19 cases among under-21s through July.
“This is the strongest evidence yet that there are deep racial disparities in children just like there are in adults,” John Williams, of UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, told The Washington Post.
Key Factor: Roughly 75% of those who died had at least 1 underlying condition like asthma or obesity, both of which affect minority youths at higher rates than whites.
Fuel for Action: More than 50 municipalities and 3 states have formally declared racism a public health, the Post also reported yesterday. And US Rep. Ayanna Pressley has introduced the Anti-Racism in Public Health Act that would officially designate systemic racism as a public health crisis in the US.