Hispanic Americans Being Hit Hard By COVID-19

Post Date: 
2020-06-29
Source: 
US News and World Report

Of 4,169 Hispanic patients tested, nearly 43% were positive for the virus -- compared to roughly 9% whites and 18% of Black patients.

"The data corroborate what we've been seeing in the wards," said co-researcher Dr. Kathleen Page, an associate professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins.

As for the underlying reasons, the study cannot answer that. But doctors' experience on the ground gives "a sense of what's going on," Page said.

Hispanic patients often lack health insurance or have other difficulties accessing care, which means they may not get COVID-19 testing unless they are quite sick. And that would drive up their likelihood of testing positive.