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Since the early stages of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, significant racial and ethnic inequities have persisted across the continuum of COVID-19 morbidity, hospitalization, and mortality. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have estimated that COVID-19 case and hospitalization rates are at least 2.5 and 4.5 times higher, respectively, among Black, Hispanic, and Native American populations than among White populations.1 Black individuals have died from COVID-19 at more than twice the rate as White individuals.1 Area-based studies have similarly revealed elevated COVID-19 infection and death rates in socially disadvantaged counties with larger racial and ethnic minority populations.2 In the context of intergenerational, structural inequalities in the United States, these trends are as devastating as they are unsurprising. The need to elucidate factors associated with COVID-19 inequity and identify tangible action steps continues. Kabarriti et al3 and Muñoz-Price et al4 delve deeper into the racial and ethnic disparities across the COVID-19 care continuum by presenting findings from their urban, single-center, cross-sectional studies in the Bronx, New York, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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Published: September 25, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.19933
Open Access: This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the CC-BY License. © 2020 Khazanchi R et al. JAMA Network Open.
Corresponding Author: Jasmine R. Marcelin, MD, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 985400 Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE 68198-5400 (email@example.com).
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: Dr Evans reported consulting for BioK+. No other disclosures were reported.
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