New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that black and Latino people have been most affected by COVID-19 across the country throughout urban, suburban and rural areas, and across all age groups. In fact, the risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 is three times greater for black and Latino Americans than for white Americans. The higher death rate from the virus among black and Latino people could be a result of other common health problems in these populations, including diabetes and obesity. However, the new CDC data shows a significant imbalance in the number of virus cases, not just deaths. Scientists say this fact highlights the areas of inequity (not related to biology). For example, this includes factors that people cannot control like not having access to healthy food options or good health care. A big marker of who dies from COVID-19 is who gets sick in the first place. Ultimately, the people who are getting sick are the ones who cannot work from home.
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