The Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the United States

Don Bambino Geno Tai, Aditya Shah, Chyke A. Doubeni, Irene Gaw Sia, Mark L. Wieland

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Abstract

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has disproportionately affected racial and ethnic minority groups, with high rates of death in African American, Native American, and LatinX communities. Although the mechanisms of these disparities are being investigated, they can be conceived as arising from biomedical factors as well as social determinants of health. Minority groups are disproportionately affected by chronic medical conditions and lower access to healthcare that may portend worse COVID-19 outcomes. Furthermore, minority communities are more likely to experience living and working conditions that predispose them to worse outcomes. Underpinning these disparities are long-standing structural and societal factors that the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed. Clinicians can partner with patients and communities to reduce the short-term impact of COVID-19 disparities while advocating for structural change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)703-706
Number of pages4
JournalClinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Volume72
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 16 2021

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • marginalized communities
  • pandemic
  • racial disparities
  • SARS-CoV-2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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