Financial and health impacts of COVID-19 vary widely by race and ethnicity
BY Mark Hugo Lopez, Lee Rainie, and Abby Budiman
The coronavirus outbreak has altered life in the United States in many ways, but in key respects it has affected black and Hispanic Americans more than others.
The financial shocks of the outbreak have hit Hispanic and black Americans especially hard. When it comes to public health, black Americans appear to account for a larger share of COVID-19 hospitalizations nationally than their share of the population. And in New York City, death rates per 100,000 people are highest among Blacks and Hispanics.
As the coronavirus sweeps through the country, Pew Research Center has been surveying Americans to explore its impact on their lives. The surveys have revealed notable racial and ethnic differences in experiences with the illness or death of loved ones, as well as job losses and pay cuts. There is also new evidence of long-standing differences among racial and ethnic groups, in some cases tied to underlying economic, geographic and health circumstances.
Please click on the link below to see some key findings about race, ethnicity and the COVID-19 outbreak, drawn from surveys conducted during the first months of the crisis.
How have your finances been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic? Are you worried or concerned that the government did not do enough to help small businesses, unemployed workers, essential personnel, and/or communities of color? What can or should the government do? What are some things that you have done to help or improve your finances during this health and economic crisis?