Disparities in Vulnerability to Severe Complications from COVID-19 in the United States [July 15, 2020]   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Document: "The presence of preexisting health conditions increases vulnerability to severe complications from COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019]. In the United States, vulnerability based on preexisting health conditions collides with long-standing disparities in health and mortality by race-ethnicity and socioeconomic status, especially in midlife. Outcome disparities manifest as higher hospitalization rates for Blacks and Latinos and staggeringly high mortality rates for Blacks. Despite an understanding of these well-known disparities, we lack a means of translating this knowledge into predictions about the risks of serious complications from COVID-19 across race-ethnicity and socioeconomic status. Our paper provides the first nationally representative estimates of these risks based on the distribution of underlying health conditions in the population. It describes disparities in risks across race-ethnicity, education, and household income to provide insight into which Americans are more vulnerable to the devastating impact of the virus."

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Lerner Center Research Brief No. 25
Syracuse University Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion
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