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NBC News: Coronavirus risk for African Americans tied to more than race

Coronavirus risk for African Americans tied to more than race


Racial disparities around the virus are impossible to ignore, with African Americans seeing higher rates of hospitalization and of deaths.


April 12, 2020, 7:08 AM PDT

By Dante Chinni


WASHINGTON — Last week the racial disparities that have accompanied the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. became a major story. Officials in St. Louis, Detroit and a large swath of states reported that African American populations had been hit especially hard by the virus.

A look at the data helps explain why. Behind the well-known daily numbers of the pandemic — the cases, hospitalizations and deaths — a mix of geography, socioeconomics and health factors make COVID-19, the disease associated with the virus, particularly dangerous for some minority groups.


At this point, the racial disparities around the virus are impossible to ignore, with African Americans seeing higher rates of hospitalization and of deaths.


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https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/meet-the-press/coronavirus-risk-african-americans-tied-more-race-n1182146






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