COVID-19 Hospitalization and Death by Race/Ethnicity

COVID-19 Hospitalization and Death by Race/Ethnicity
Updated Aug. 18, 2020

Race and ethnicity are risk markers for other underlying conditions that impact health — including socioeconomic status, access to health care, and increased exposure to the virus due to occupation (e.g., frontline, essential, and critical infrastructure workers).

Race and ethnicity are risk markers for other underlying conditions that impact health
Rate ratios compared to White, Non-Hispanic Persons American Indian or Alaska Native, Non-Hispanic persons Asian, Non-Hispanic persons Black or African American, Non-Hispanic persons Hispanic or Latino persons
Cases1 2.8x
higher
1.1x
higher
2.6x
higher
2.8x
higher
Hospitalization2 5.3x
higher
1.3x
higher
4.7x
higher
4.6x
higher
Death3 1.4x
higher
No
Increase
2.1x
higher
1.1x
higher

Factors that increase community spread and individual risk

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Crowded Situations
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Close/physical contact
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Enclosed space
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Duration of exposure

Actions to reduce risk of COVID19

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Wearing a mask
image of two people separated by 6 foot measurement
Social distancing
(6 ft goal)
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Hand hygiene
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Cleaning and disinfecting

1 Data source: COVID-19 case-level data reported by state and territorial jurisdictions. Case-level data include about 80% of total reported cases. Numbers are unadjusted rate ratios.

2 Data source: COVID-NET (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/covid-data/covidview/index.html, accessed 08/06/20). Numbers are ratios of age-adjusted rates.

3 Data source: NCHS Provisional Death Counts (https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/COVID19/index.htm, accessed 08/06/20). Numbers are unadjusted rate ratios.

COVID-19 Hospitalization and Death by Race/Ethnicity

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