It seemed to affect people of all races, backgrounds and income levels, from Hollywood actors to NBA players to low-wage workers.
But as more data becomes available, one thing is clear: Covid-19 has only amplified the systemic inequalities that persist in the United States. And non-white Americans, particularly African Americans, have been hit hard on almost all fronts.
Here’s what we know about how the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting African Americans.
Die at higher rates
African Americans are dying at disproportionately higher rates than all other ethnic groups.
About 61,000 deaths for which race and ethnicity data were available. About 75,000 people in total had died of coronavirus at the time of the analysis, a number that has risen to over 77,000 as of Friday.
APM has collected its data from 38 states and the District of Columbia who are reporting the race and ethnicity of residents who have died from Covid-19.
Counties with higher populations of black residents accounted for 52% of coronavirus diagnoses and 58% of Covid-19 deaths nationwide, according to the study.
“Social conditions, structural racism and other factors increase the risk of COVID-19 diagnoses and deaths in black communities,” wrote researchers from Emory University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Mississippi and Georgetown University.
More likely to live in viral hotspots
In some cities and states, disparities are even more evident – and the Latins are also severely affected.
In Missouri, Wisconsin and Washington, DC, African Americans are six times more likely to die than whites, according to APM analysis, and in Michigan and five times more likely.
In Arkansas, Illinois, Louisiana, New York, Oregon and South Carolina, African Americans are three to four times more likely to die of viruses than white residents, according to the APM analysis.
Looking at mortality rates between different age groups, the impact is even more pronounced. Latin American residents represent 43% of the state’s population aged 18 to 49, but nearly 70% of deaths, according to the state’s health department. For residents aged between 50 and 64 and 65, mortality rates are also disproportionate.
Even for black Americans who may not have become infected, the devastation has been personal.
Meanwhile, about 1 in 10 white Hispanic adults say they know someone who has been severely affected by the virus.
They are losing their jobs at high rates
The pandemic has been devastating economically through non-white communities.
The unemployment rate rose to 14.2% for white Americans, 16.7% for black Americans, 14.5% for Asian Americans and 18.9% for Hispanics, record highs for all ethnic groups except for African Americans.
Many others are experiencing wage cuts and other wage losses.
The losses are particularly devastating because black and brown communities were already in precarious economic situations.
About 73% of black Americans and 70% of Hispanics said in March and April that they don’t have funds for rainy days to cover expenses for three months in an emergency, according to the Pew survey.
As cities increase their application of social distancing, blacks seem to be disproportionately affected there.
Data revealed that 374 calls were distributed from March 16 to May 5, with an average of less than 10 calls per day over the 42-day period. And that total, 193 of those summonses issued were black and 111 were Hispanic, according to the New York City police department.
Summons have been issued for what the NYPD has declared as violations of emergency procedures and acts that could spread disease. Mayor Bill de Blasio acknowledged that disparities were indications of the need to correct something.
CNN’s Elizabeth Hartfield, Omar Jimenez, Elizabeth Joseph, Tami Luhby and Mallika Kallingal contributed to this report.
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