National COVID-19 Death Statistics Show Racial Impact Disparity

National statistics on coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) deaths in 18 states as of April 21, 2020 indicate a racial disparity, based on data from jurisdictions with more than 100 deaths processed by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). The share of deaths among non-Hispanic whites and non-Hispanic blacks is higher than would be expected based on population share. Non-Hispanic whites represent 39.1% of the total United States population, and 50.8% of COVID-19 deaths. Non-Hispanic blacks represent 18.5% of the …

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