Majority of kids who die of coronavirus are Hispanic, Black, or Native American, CDC finds
As students across the country return to classrooms, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found the majority of children, teens and young adults who die from COVID-19 are Hispanic, Black or Native American.
Researchers found there was a staggering racial disparity in the more than 390,000 coronavirus cases and 121 deaths among people under the age of 21 reported to the CDC between Feb. 12 and July 31.
Hispanic, Black and Native American children accounted for 78% of those deaths even though those groups represent just 41% of the United States population, a disproportionate effect that reflects a similar disparity among adults. Previous research has shown that the death toll from COVID-19 is twice as high for people of color under the age of 65 as it is for white Americans.
"The findings did not surprise me at all," Monika Goyal, a pediatric emergency medicine specialist at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., said. Goyal, who was not invovled in the CDC research, conducted a study published in the journal Pediatrics this month which found that among the 1,000 children tested for COVID-19 at a site in Washington in March and April, children of color were disproportionately represented in the 20% that tested positive.
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