Racial demographics and COVID-19 confirmed cases and deaths: a correlational analysis of 2886 US counties.

Racial demographics and COVID-19 confirmed cases and deaths: a correlational analysis of 2886 US counties.

Publication date: May 21, 2020

Recent news reports state that racial minority groups, such as African-Americans, are experiencing a greater COVID-19 burden, as measured by confirmed cases and deaths. Limited racial data is available on a national level.

We conducted the first nationwide analysis to examine COVID-19 and race on a county level. We obtained datasets on COVID-19 cases and deaths, and racial population totals, by US county. We examined if correlations exist between the racial percentages and percentages of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths by county.

A positive correlation existed between percentages of African-Americans living in a county and who have COVID-19 (r = 0.254, P

Concepts Keywords
African Americans Social inequality
Correlation Social constructionism
County Kinship and descent
Race and society
Human behavior
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