An interesting new study published in the AACC’s The Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine indicates that both Blacks falling on the lower socioeconomic spectrum and affluent whites were more likely to get infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind COVID-19. That finding contradicts many expectations, or perhaps bias-driven assumptions as to who was actually more at risk during this pandemic. The study was conducted by a multi-center team led by a corresponding author from the University of Washington School of Medicine and Washington Kaiser Permanente.
The Research Question
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S., racial disparities have been evident in both COVID-19 prevalence and access to pandemic-related healthcare services. Racial and ethnic minority groups are disproportionately represented among COVID-19 cases, but are disproportionately underrepresented among those who've received the vaccine. Given that race is a sociocultural construct, it is therefore important to understand how different sociocultural factors contribute to these inequities so that the U.S. can implement informed policies and programs to mitigate them. As the country struggles...
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