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The percentage of Hispanic decedents increased from These can inform public health messaging and mitigation efforts focused on prevention and early detection of infection among disproportionately affected groups so as to minimize subsequent mortality. During February 12—October 15,the coronavirus disease COVID pandemic resulted in approximately 7, aggregated reported cases and approximatelydeaths in the United States. Overall, The of COVID—associated deaths decreased from 37, in May to 17, in June; subsequently, counts increased to 30, in July and declined to 28, in August.
Census region increased from Over the same period, the percentage distribution of decedents who were Hispanic increased from COVID remains a major public health threat regardless of age or race and ethnicity.
Deaths continued to occur disproportionately among older persons and certain racial and ethnic minorities, particularly among Hispanic persons. These can inform public health messaging and mitigation efforts focused on prevention and early detection of infection among disproportionately affected groups.
NVSS data in this report exclude deaths among residents of territories and foreign countries. Because only 0. Census region were calculated for each month.
Race, ethnicity, and age trends in persons who died from covid — united states, may–august
R statistical software version 3. Among decedents, the majority were male Twenty-two percent of decedents died in a nursing home or long-term care facility. From May to August, the percentage of decedents who were White decreased from Hispanics were the only racial and ethnic group among whom the overall percentage of deaths increased. Census regions shifted from the Northeast to the South and West.
Although a small decrease 2. Similarly, Hispanic persons were disproportionately represented among decedents: In addition, the percentage of decedents who were Hispanic increased Although there has been a geographic shift in COVID—associated deaths from the Northeast to the West and South, where Hispanic persons for a higher percentage of the population, this analysis found that ethnic disparities among decedents in the West and South increased Corona May—August,suggesting that the dating shift alone does not entirely for the increase in percentage of Hispanic decedents nationwide.
Inequities in the social determinants of health can lead to increased risk for SARS-CoV-2 exposure among some racial and ethnic groups. For example, persons from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups might be more likely to live in multigenerational and multifamily households, reside in congregate white environments, hold jobs requiring in-person work e. Differences in the prevalence of underlying conditions e. The observed geographic shifts in COVID—associated deaths might be related to differential implementation of community mitigation efforts throughout the nation, including earlier reopening efforts in selected jurisdictions.
To prevent the spread of COVID, CDC continues to recommend the use of masks, frequent handwashing, and maintenance of social distancing, including avoidance of large gatherings 8. The findings in this report are subject to at least two limitations.
First, NVSS provisional death data are continually updated and subject to delays. Therefore, this report likely underestimates the of deaths that occurred, particularly during Augustfor which data are less complete than months.
Furthermore, in focusing only on COVID—associated deaths captured by NVSS, this report did not address long-term morbidity faced by some persons who survive COVID infections, nor does it for deaths and morbidity related to the indirect effects of interrupted health care and socioeconomic disruption caused by the pandemic 9. Despite these limitations, this report provides information on how demographic and geographic factors have changed among COVID—associated deaths during May—August Racial and ethnic disparities among COVID decedents have persisted over the course of the pandemic and continue to increase among Hispanic persons.
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Starting March 3, jurisdiction partners validated aggregate counts each night for report released at 12 p. These data exclude deaths among foreign residents and territories. Sex and region were known for all decedents.
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