Addressing Racial Inequities In COVID-19 Infection And DeathHealth Affairs
In recent months, states and municipalities have begun releasing data on COVID-19 infections and death that reveal profound racial disparities. This gap in incidence can be traced to differences in risk of assembly and exposure. Factors such as crowded living conditions and lack of paid sick leave have been identified as risk factors for exposure that disproportionately affect low-income, disadvantaged populations. Additionally, Black and Hispanic Americans are overrepresented in low-wage jobs that are considered essential and therefore are more likely to commute to work during the pandemic.