Economy League report highlights unequal impact of COVID-19

In early July, the New York Times published, “The Fullest Look Yet at the Racial Inequality of Coronavirus, featuring data that shows the disproportionate impacts of the spread of COVID-19 on communities of color. In a report, the Economy League reviews the Times analysis and provides additional context for Philadelphia.

Key Takeaways

  • Across the U.S, urban and suburban counties are seeing a higher prevalence of COVID-19 cases among communities of color – with very few exceptions.
  • A closer look at local data shows how Black Philadelphians are 2.3 times as likely to contract COVID-19 than white Philadelphians.
  • Similarly, Latinx Philadelphians are 1.7 times as likely to contract COVID-19 than white Philadelphians.
  • The combination of higher concentrations of workers of color in “frontline” occupations combined with a leagcy of unequal access to healthcare has exacerbated the effects of the COVID-19 virus on Philadelphia’s communities of color.

Read the full report here.


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