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September 24, 2020
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10 stories related to ethnic and racial disparities and COVID-19

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The NIH recently award $12 million to RTI International, an independent, nonprofit research institute, to support outreach and engagement efforts in ethnic and racial minority communities disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Addressing health disparities affecting racial and ethnic minority populations has long been a priority for NIH,” NIH Director Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, said in a press release. “The burden of the COVID-19 pandemic borne by diverse communities, especially those that include Blacks and Latinos, makes clear the urgent need for treatments and vaccines that are effective for all Americans. Inclusive research that reflects the entire population is essential to this goal.”

Below is a selection of Healio stories related to ethnic and racial disparities and the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 reinforces racial divide

One third of COVID-19 deaths occur in Black persons, according to an Associated Press report. Many experts suggest long-standing social issues contribute to this disparity. Read more.

Experts discuss ways to combat disproportionate COVID-19 burden in Black community

CDC data suggests COVID-19 hospitalization rates are 4 to 5 times higher in Black, Latino, Native American and Native Alaskan patients than white patients. Public health leaders discussed this gap during the National Medical Association’s virtual convention. Read more.

78% of pediatric coronavirus deaths occur in Black, Hispanic or Indigenous populations

According to an analysis from MMWR, 78% of pediatric deaths from SARS-CoV-2 occurred in American Indian, Alaskan Native, Black or Hispanic patients. Read more.

Ethnic minorities, patients with cancer at higher risk for COVID-19, app-based study shows

Individuals with cancer and ethnic minorities show a heightened risk for COVID-19, according to study results collected via a smartphone app. Read more.

Q&A: Addressing racial disparities in COVID-19

Healio spoke with Mayo Clinic infectious diseases physician Don Bambino Geno Tai, MD, MBA, about the role of primary care physicians in addressing COVID-19-related racial disparities. Read more.

COVID-19-related gene expression higher in Black patients

Gene expression of ACE2 and TMPRSS2, enzymes that mediate SARS-CoV-2’s entry into host cells, is higher in Black patients, as well as patients with asthma or a history of diabetes mellitus. Read more.

COVID-19 and air quality: A call to address health effects, racial disparities

Growing evidence suggests COVID-19, air pollution and racial disparities are interrelated. To discuss this connection, the American Lung Association held a virtual town hall. Read more.

Black individuals at higher risk for COVID-19 infection, hospitalization

According to study results published in Annals of the American Thoracic Society, Black individuals are twice as likely to have SARS-CoV-2 and require hospitalization compared to white individuals. Read more.

BMI identified as independent risk factor for COVID-19 ICU admission for African Americans
A study published in Obesity suggests older African Americans with high BMI or a history of lung disease show a higher risk for ICU admission from COVID-19. Read more.

Experts urge HCWs of color to discuss COVID-19 vaccination with underrepresented groups

Panel members at the National Medical Associations virtual convention said that it is important that African American and Latino health care workers discuss COVID-19 vaccines with underrepresented groups. Read more.