U.S. Latinos and the anguish COVID leaves behind

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September 28, 2021
Rodriguez family, three individuals of varying ages, wearing masks

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The pandemic disproportionately hit people of color in the U.S., and among them, younger Latinos were those most likely to die from the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans and Central Americans combined are the nation's largest minority group, and the lopsided effects of the virus highlight persistent disparities in health care and income in those growing communities.

By the numbers: Non-Hispanic white Americans account for 61% of all COVID-19 deaths, followed by Hispanics with 19%, Black Americans with 15%, and Asian Americans with 4%, according to an analysis by AP of the nation's 600,0oo deaths.

  • But the AP analysis found that Latinos, Native Americans and Black Americans are two or three times more likely than white Americans to die of the disease, after adjusting for population age differences.
  • AP also found Latinos died at much younger ages than other groups — among those under 65 who died of COVID-19, 37% were Hispanics, compared to 30% for Black Americans and just 12% for white Americans.  
  • Latinos 65 years and older were twice as likely to die from the coronavirus than white non-Latinos of the same age group, a study published in The Journals of Gerontology found.