More non-white Americans visit ER with COVID-19, CDC study finds

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(WFXR) — A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows certain racial/ethnic minority groups are more likely to visit the emergency room with the coronavirus than non-Hispanic whites.

Researchers looked at emergency department data for COVID-19 visits across 13 states — including Virginia — from October to December 2020 based on race and ethnicity.

According to the study, the rate of emergency room visits for the coronavirus were 1.4 times higher among African Americans and 1.7 times higher among Hispanic and American Indian or Alaska Native people than among whites during that time period.

Experts believe this disparity is because of limited access to quality care, as well as less flexibility to work from home.

“Emergency department COVID-19 visit data can provide insight into ongoing areas of racial/ethnic inequity in health status and disease outcomes and can be used to prioritize prevention resources, including COVID-19 vaccination, to reach disproportionately affected groups,” the study states.

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