Hispanics and black Americans are dying at a disproportionate rate because of Covid-19, a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found.
The study, published Friday in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly report, looked at the changing demographics of deaths from the pandemic over the summer.
Between May and August, 114,411 Americans lost their lives to Covid-19. Older white men were among the largest number of deaths.
But black people accounted for nearly 1
Demographics began to shift in the summer. The percentage of Hispanics who died rose from 16% to more than 26% of the total deaths between May and August, while the proportion of those who died who were white or black fell.
The CDC said there was a geographic shift in deaths. The highest concentration of deaths early in the pandemic was in the northeast, but the number shifted west and south. However, the geographical difference cannot account for the increase in the percentage of deaths among Spanish society, the CDC said.
Researchers believe the pandemic has been tougher on Spanish society because they may have had a higher exposure to Covid-19 because of their work. Hispanics are also more likely to live in multi-family families or live with many generations in a family, making it difficult to get social distance.
Nearly a quarter of all deaths in the pandemic have occurred in places where people live in group settings in a nursing home or long-term care. Many of these deaths occurred early in the pandemic. But as nursing homes stopped allowing outside visitors and more aggressively tested residents and isolated those who were ill, those deaths have declined and there has been a shift towards younger and non-institutionalized populations during the pandemic.
To limit the spread of the disease, the CDC continues to recommend that people wear face masks, wash their hands frequently, keep physical distance from others, and avoid large gatherings.