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The COVID-19 outbreak presents potential health and financial challenges for families, which may disproportionately affect communities of color and compound underlying health and economic disparities. This brief analyzes data on underlying health conditions, health coverage and health care access, and social and economic factors by race and ethnicity to provide insight into how the health and financial impacts of COVID-19 may vary across racial/ethnic groups. It finds:

  • Communities of color are at increased risk for experiencing serious illness if they contract COVID-19 due to higher rates of certain underlying health conditions compared to Whites;
  • Communities of color will likely face increased challenges accessing COVID-19 testing and treatment since they are more likely to be uninsured and to face barriers to accessing care than Whites; and
  • Communities of color face increased financial and health risks associated with COVID-19 due to economic and social circumstances.



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