Nearly one-third of Black Americans say they know someone who died from coronavirus: poll

Nearly one-third of Black Americans say they know someone who died from coronavirus: poll
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Almost a third of Black Americans know someone who has died from COVID-19, a new Washington Post-Ipsos poll finds.

The statistic underlines the disproportionate affect that the virus is having on the country's Black communities. 

In the poll, 31 percent of Black respondents said that they know someone who has died from the virus, though overall only 13 percent of respondents knew someone who has died from COVID-19.

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The numbers were also less for Hispanic and white respondents, with 17 percent of Hispanic respondents and 9 percent of white respondents saying that they knew someone who has died from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

More than 50 percent of Black respondents said that they know someone who has died, or who had become sick but not died, from COVID-19. Comparatively, less than 40 percent of Hispanic or white respondents said the same.

“This pandemic has really unearthed — shone a real bright light on — the ways these disparities should not be accepted and are not tolerable,” Joseph Betancourt, vice president and chief equity and inclusion officer at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, told the Post. 

The poll was conducted June 9-14 and surveyed 1,153 non-Hispanic Black adults and 1,051 separate U.S. adults with a margin of error ranging from 3.5 to 4 percentage points.