Racial disparities in COVID-19 deaths decline, but still high.

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Covid-19 was the third leading cause of death in the U.S., but racial and ethnic disparities narrowed from 2020, according to data from CDC. 

Demographic patterns were similar from 2020 to 2021, as overall death rates were highest for Black people, American Indians and Alaskan Natives, according to CNN. However, the racial and ethnic disparity showed an overall decrease for the COVID-19-related age-adjusted death rates (AADRs). 

Medpage Today reported that the AADRs decreased in Hispanic individuals with 155.5 per 1000 previously and 153.7 in 2021, in Black/African American individuals with 142.0 in 2020 and 133.4 in 2021, and Asian individuals with 63.1 in 2020 and 61.9 in 2021.

Overall, CDC reports that disparities in COVID-19 deaths rates decreased by up to 40% for most racial and ethnic groups. 

“The results of both studies highlight the need for greater effort to implement effective interventions,” the CDC said in a statement, according to CNN. “We must work to ensure equal treatment in all communities in proportion to their need for effective interventions that can prevent excess COVID-19 deaths.”

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