Tracking COVID-19's Effects by Race and Ethnicity

Tracking COVID-19's Effects by Race and Ethnicity

A weekly interactive data brief from the Urban Institute highlights racial/ethnic disparities in COVID-19 health and economic impacts. Using near-real-time data from the U.S. Census Bureau's Household Pulse SurveyTracking COVID-19's Effects by Race and Ethnicity tracks the two-week average by race/ethnicity and for each state and metro area of the percentage of respondents reporting employment income loss, food insecurity, depression or anxiety, loss of health insurance, public health insurance coverage, and difficulty making their rent or mortgage payment. According to the brief, African-American, Latinx, and mixed-race respondents had significantly higher rates than the national average and than Asian or white respondents in the areas of food insufficiency, depression/anxiety, and difficulty paying rent, while Asian-American, Black, and Latinx respondents had more difficulty than white respondents making their mortgage payment. As the virus continues to spread, the share of Asian-American households where at least one person has lost employment income has risen above the national average, even as other groups have begun to see their rates fall, while among Latinx respondents rates of food insufficiency, uninsurance, and difficulty paying rent have continued to rise.

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