An overwhelming number of Black health care workers have been hospitalized with coronavirus
Black Americans were mostly injured in the COVID-19 pandemic. This is all the more true for black healthcare workers.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data Monday showing that roughly one in 16 Americans hospitalized with COVID-19 was a medical worker. Although only 10 percent of all American nurses and 5 percent of doctors are black, more than half of hospitalized healthcare workers were black.
The CDC data also shows that more than a third of health care workers hospitalized for coronavirus were nurses. Around three-quarters of hospital patients were younger than 57, which calls into question the claim that COVID-19 is harmless to younger people.
Black Americans, who make up 13 percent of the U.S. population, are 4.7 times more likely than whites to be hospitalized with COVID-19, August CDC data showed. They are also twice as likely to die from the virus as white Americans and have the highest chance of any race or ethnic group dying from the coronavirus. This is likely due to the health care and economic inequalities that have hurt black Americans for decades.
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