COVID-19 kills kids and young adults of color at a higher rate

All through the pandemic, we observe much death from different people in different parts of the world. Fortunately, the impact of COVID-19 on children is minimal, and also there is a reduction in the mortality rate when compared to adults. But certain cases pose children a high risk or even fatal.

According to data from the CDC, children and young adult of color are dying from the COVID-19 pandemic at a higher rate than their peers. There was a desperate situation for some children (under 20 years) with other health complications that renders them so vulnerable to the disease, and it caused 121 deaths. The report confirmed it and said it was the data studied from mid-February to July.

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Out of 121 children who died, 45% were Latinx, 29% were black, and 4% were Native Alaskan. This showed the death pattern of colors. And almost 70% of death was due to the children with their health complication like asthma, obesity.

Although these disparities are due to their self problems and medical discrimination, the CDC still warns the public and the authority to make sure the public health guidelines for schools and colleges which are though to re-open for in-person instruction.

There is a very high chance for students to acquire the infection when they enter school or college. Therefore, identification of younger people of color with pre-existing complications and treating them in prior will help at the latter stage in controlling the pandemic. Also, the CDC asked the health department and some community people to destroy systemic barriers that contribute to the disparity.

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Source: CBS NEWS

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