TUESDAY, Oct. 5, 2021 (HealthDay News) — The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has hit minority groups in the United States hard, with significantly more deaths among Black and Hispanic Americans compared with white and Asian Americans, a new study finds.
According to the report, these disparities highlight the need to address ongoing inequities influencing health and longevity in the United States.
What’s more, “focusing on COVID-19 deaths alone without examining total excess deaths — that is, deaths due to non-COVID-19 causes as well as to COVID-19 — may underestimate the true impact of the pandemic,” added study author Meredith Shiels. She is a senior investigator at U.S. National Cancer Institute.
For the study, the researchers compared excess deaths by race/ethnicity, sex, age group and cause of death from March to December 2020 with data from the same months in 2019. The study team used data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and estimates of the U.S. Census Bureau to compile provisional death certificates.
The findings showed that nearly 3 million people died in the United States between March 1 and Dec. 31, 2020. Compared with the same period in 2019, that totaled 477,200 excess deaths, with 74% of these excess deaths being due to COVID-19.
After taking into account age, the excess deaths among Black, American Indian/Alaska Native and Hispanic men & women was more than twice that of white men & women and Asian American women.
The data don’t explain why there are so many non-COVID deaths. “It is possible that fear of seeking out health care during the pandemic or misattribution of causes of death from COVID-19 are responsible for a majority of the excess non-COVID-19 deaths,” Shiels said in a news release from the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
The excess deaths that occurred during the pandemic have resulted in growing disparities in overall U.S. death rates, with the gap in age-adjusted all-cause deaths increasing between 2019 and 2020 for Black and American Indian/Alaska Native men and women compared with white men and women.
For example, the investigators found that in 2019, total deaths by population among Black men was 26% higher than in white men, but in 2020 it was 45% higher. This was also true for women. In 2019, total deaths by population among Black women was 15% higher than in white women, but in 2020 it was 32% higher, according to the report published Oct. 5 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Resistance to vaccination could be one big contributing factor.
Dr. Eliseo Perez Stable, co-author of
Study, is the director of U.S. National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. He said, “Our efforts at NIH to help mitigate these COVID disparities have been heavily focused on promoting testing and vaccine uptake through community-engaged research. We recognize that vaccine hesitancy is a serious threat and are working with trusted community stakeholders to address misinformation and distrust.
For more on COVID-19, head to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
SOURCE: U.S. National Institutes of Health, news release, Oct. 4, 2021
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