In the CDC’s weekly morbidity and mortality report, researchers observed deaths of young adults under 21 who reported between 12 February and 31 July, with widespread racial inequality. Of the children who died, 45% were Hispanic, 29% Black, and 4% American Indian or Native Alaskan. More than this, a large percentage of deaths were among young adults aged 18–20, most prevalent for college-bound students.
The race disparity around novel coronovirus outbreaks has historically gone beyond adolescents, representing a small percentage of low-risk individuals. In late March, a peak in coronavirus outbreaks, with black and Hispanic individuals making up one-third of hospitalized individuals. However, research has found that COVID-19 kills people under the age of 65 at twice the rate of their White counterparts, while people of color COVID-19 die at less than 45%.
While disparities can be attributed to pre-existing medical conditions, medical discrimination, and lack of funding, which pervade low-income areas, the CDC still “informs public health guidance for schools and parents Important “as schools, colleges and universities continue. To reopen.
This new report comes as a struggle to maintain the outbreak of COVID-19 on the campuses of colleges and universities, as poor testing plans and large off-campus ceremonies increase infection rates. While the first coronavirus case in the US, with only 121 deaths approximately seven months after it was identified, the death of the juvenile is low, as deaths may increase as students increase their chances of infection and viral outbreaks.
Identifying how young people of color are affected is important in setting public health guidelines, as outbreaks are increasing in states across the country. While at a lower risk than elderly individuals, adolescents, especially those with pre-existing health conditions, may still fall ill with COVID-19 infection. But “health departments, health providers, and community partners can mobilize to overcome systemic barriers that contribute to health related inequalities,” the CDC says, a solution that could prevent more teen deaths.