US tops 500,000 COVID Deaths

THE United States on Monday surpassed 500,000 deaths from COVID-19.

Data from Johns Hopkins University shows that the virus has spread far and wide, with reported infections in every county in the nation, but there remains a persistent undercurrent of inequality in COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths.

Black and Hispanic individuals are still twice as likely to die from COVID-19 as white Americans and three times more likely to be hospitalized with the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  That disparity is even more stark for the American Indian population. Compared to white Americans, American Indian communities are almost four times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID and more than twice as likely to die from the disease.

Age has also remained a clear risk factor for dying of COVID-19, with death rates rising with each successive decade.

With their high populations, counties in Los Angeles, New York City and Chicago emerged as some of the places in the country with the most deaths during the course of the pandemic, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Drilling down into those numbers mirrors national data and shows that the pandemic has been disproportionately hard on people of color in those cities.

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