Communities of Color Have Experienced Disproportionately High Rates of COVID-19 Infections
A substantial and growing body of evidence shows that many racial and ethnic minorities face higher risk of infection from COVID-19 than do white people. A new CDC report shows that counties with relatively large populations of racial and ethnic minorities experienced more COVID-19 cases than counties with a largely white demographic makeup. Asian and Black populations were hit particularly hard during the first wave of the pandemic, and Black and Hispanic populations were at especially risk during the second wave. Other studies analyzing individual-level data find major disparities in infections and hospitalizations from the virus.