Study: Economic Inequality Can Help Predict COVID-19 Deaths

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A new study shows that often economic inequality can help predict COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. 

In new research that analyzes the relationship between COVID-19 and economic, social and demographic factors, researchers found that states with greater income inequality are more likely to see coronavirus cases and related deaths.

Among the findings:

The size of minority populations (African-American, Hispanic) is relevant. People in these groups frequently are employed in blue-collar and service occupations that involve close contact with others, which increases their exposure to the virus.  

Ethnic minorities are more likely to suffer from co-morbidities such as asthma, diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease that make the impact of the disease particularly debilitating and possibly fatal.

The overall health and well-being of a state’s population also is important. The quality of a state’s health care system is relevant as well.

One of the authors of the study is Dr Harold Clarke with UT Dallas who spoke to KRLDs Austin York about what they were looking for and what they found.​