Limited data from around the United States proves that COVID-19 is affecting Black and Brown communities at disproportionately higher rates.
A recent study showed that the death rate for African Americans and Latinos is 3.6 and 2.5 times greater than that experienced by white Americans. This means that nearly 4 African Americans will die from COVID-19 for every one white American who loses their life — even though black Americans only make up 13% of the population.
And worse still — we don’t have a complete picture of the suffering because there are massive gaps in the data; 48% of COVID cases have no race attached to them. The federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) can force states to collect and report on COVID-19's testing, infection, and death rates by race. Once we have that information, we can more effectively lobby political leaders and public servants to make sure that COVID response efforts are targeted at the most hard-hit communities.
A movement is growing across America. Black Lives Matter has launched a petition urging the US government to collect and release demographic data on the impact of coronavirus. Add your name and we'll work with them to deliver your call to key leaders in government.