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Covid-19: Minorities account for 78% of US deaths in under 21s, says CDC

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m3681 (Published 18 September 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m3681
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal, Canada

The first US government review of covid-19 deaths in people aged under 211 has found that, of 121 such fatalities reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) before 31 July, 94 (78%) involved people belonging to minority groups.

Some 45% percent of deaths in those under 21 involved Hispanic people, while 29% involved non-Hispanic Black people, and 4% were American Indian or Alaska Native people. Together, these groups account for 41% of the US population aged under 21, but 78% of reported covid-19 deaths in that age group.

Males accounted for 63% of reported deaths in this …

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