Hispanics and Black Americans are dying disproportionately often due to Covid-19, a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The study, published on Friday in the Weekly Report on Morbidity and Mortality, looked at the demographic change in deaths from the summer pandemic.
114,411 Americans were killed from Covid-19 between May and August. Older white men were among the majority of the deaths.
But blacks accounted for nearly 18% of deaths during that period, despite making up only 12.5% of the US population. Hispanics made up more than 24% of the deaths but made up 18.5% of the population.
Demographics began to change 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 percentage of those who died who were white or black decreased.
The CDC said there was a geographic shift in deaths. The highest concentration of deaths at the start of the pandemic was in the northeast, but the numbers shifted west and south. However, the geographic difference cannot explain the rise in the percentage of deaths in the Hispanic community, the CDC said.
Researchers believe the pandemic was tougher for the Hispanic community because of their possible exposure to higher exposure to Covid-19 due to their work. Hispanics are also more likely to live in multi-family households or with multiple generations in one family, which makes it difficult to maintain social distance.
Almost a quarter of all deaths in the pandemic occurred in locations where people lived in groups in a nursing home or long-term care facilities. Many of these deaths occurred early in the pandemic. But as nursing homes stopped allowing outside visitors and residents tested more aggressively and isolated the sick, those deaths slowed and there was a shift towards younger and non-institutionalized populations as the pandemic progressed.
To limit the spread of the disease, the CDC continues to recommend wearing face coverings, washing your hands frequently, keeping physical distance from others, and avoiding large gatherings.