New figures compiled by the Color of Coronavirus Project shared with the Guardian show that the total number of deaths and per capita mortality rates for black and brown Americans increased dramatically in August. Although fatalities have also increased for white Americans, the effects on this group have been much less severe.
The latest figures show that in the two weeks from August 4 to 18, the death rate of African Americans has increased from 80 to 88 per 100,000 population – 8 per 100,000. In contrast, the white population increased by half, from 36 to 40 per 100,000, an increase of 4 per 100,000.
The increase was even stronger for Latino Americans, increasing from 46 to 54 per 100,000 – an increase of 9 per 100,000.
The new batch of data is a cause for concern on many levels. Mortality rates for all racial and ethnic groups were falling through the summer, but after the virus grew through the South and Midwest in July it produced a time-lapse spike in deaths in August that brought human suffering back to the previous severe Have taken heights.
“We are seeing more deaths between African Americans and Latino than at any time this summer. As we head into the fall, with the reopening of schools and colleges and other new avenues for exposure, it portrays a very frightening future, ”said Andy Egbert, senior researcher at the APM Research Lab, which American Public media has a non-partisan research arm. Compiles data.
On August 18, the latest date, at which researchers have reduced the number, nearly 36,000 African Americans died of Kovid-19. The new upsurge means that 1 in 1,125 black Americans have died, compared to 1 in 1,450 black Americans, half the rate of white Americans.
This striking inequality underscores a major failure at the heart of Kovid’s American response. It has been known for several months now that the virus is taking a punishing toll, especially among communities of color, yet federal and state governments have not taken effective steps to make the disaster effective.
“It’s not the breaking news that black and Latino communities are suffering from Kovid-19 and dying at a much higher rate than white Americans. But as the months progress, we see that the death rate is much higher and here Even for vulnerable groups, the boom continues, ”said Egbert.
He said: “It is very disappointing to know that we are aware of where the biggest weaknesses are and yet we are ineffective in our responses.”
According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Tracker, the total number of deaths in the US is now the highest in any country in the world, at over 189,000. The toll is expected to be near Landmark 200,000 within the next two weeks, with the number of confirmed cases of infection at 6.3m.
The widely disparate impact of the disease may be a factor in the outcome of the presidential election in November. Donald Trump has claimed that he has the best track record of any president since Abraham Lincoln in terms of greatly improving African Americans, but the pandemic’s hard data on the number of lost black lives in his missteps Produced which is difficult to argue.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the main US public health agency, continues to publish data on coronoviruses that are not only chronic but also report racial breakdown of disease and death. This is why the APM Research Lab has taken steps to fill the void – collecting its information from individual states and compiling a database on Twitter of Coronavirus in the absence of CDC data.
“We do this because of the vacuum,” Egbert said.
Its latest data notably record the sharp rise in mortality that was recorded in August among black communities in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina; And between Latino in Arizona, Florida, Louisiana and Tennessee.
Pediatric surgeon and founder of the Black Doctors Kovid-19 Consortium, Drs. Ala Stanford recently shared her thoughts about race disparities with the Color of Coronavirus. She said that she sees discrepancies occurring daily in the community which is behind the figures.
“Hearing the obstacles, people have to face the Kovid-19 trial and try treatment; Hearing people talk about their loved ones who remain symptomatic for a long time; People who are sick and trying to isolate and quarantine in cramped, small places; Elderly people were turned away for testing without a referral from a doctor. ”
Stanford concluded: “To hear that African Americans represent 12 to 13% of the population, but 23 to 24% of deaths is unacceptable in a developed nation.”