03/01: Racial disparities in COVID-19 mortality in Michigan, US

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, demographic data has suggested that mortality rates are disproportionately high for minority populations. A recent study of COVID deaths in Michigan investigated whether this disparity could be due to population differences in health comorbidities and demographic variables, or whether race alone accounted for a significant difference in COVID mortality rates among Black and white individuals. The study found that after accounting for sex, age, and comorbidities such as diabetes and heart disease, mortality rates were still significantly higher for the Black population of Michigan. The researchers also showed that on average, Black individuals who died due to COVID were significantly younger than white individuals, and that Black mortality rates were higher in the majority of zip code areas in Michigan.