People 25 to 44 and Hispanics Most Affected by COVID-19 in the United States

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Hugo Prévost (access the author's page)

Adults aged 25 to 44 as well as people of Hispanic descent could be the biggest victims of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these are the groups most affected by an excess mortality of around 300,000 deaths recorded since the start of the pandemic.

In their report, which covers the period from January 26 to October 3, approximately since the start of the pandemic in the United States, the CDC estimate that the 226,000 people officially killed in the United States by COVID-19 could thus hide a much heavier toll.

Of all the excess deaths recorded during this part of 2020, about two-thirds are attributable to the new coronavirus, the report estimates.

The portrait drawn is incomplete: the CDC do not offer clear explanations about this excess mortality among 25 to 44 year olds, especially between May and August, especially since the majority of experts argue that the populations most at risk are the people aged 70 and over.

Ditto for the Hispanic population.

Despite everything, the finding is clear: the excess mortality rate for 25 to 44 year olds stood at 26.5% compared to other years, the largest increase for all age groups. For the other groups, the growth of this excess mortality varies from 15 to 20%, approximately.

Among Hispanics, the increase is staggering, at 53.6%, compared to about 30% for blacks and Asians, and 11.9% for whites.

Sneaky impacts

As for the impact of COVID-19 on the entire American population, the report of CDC advance that estimates about the excess mortality caused by the pandemic may be underestimated, since deaths may have been attributed to other causes by chance, and the disease may have resulted in death indirectly.

Thus, write the CDC, deaths from respiratory diseases, Alzheimer's and dementia, as well as blood circulation diseases increased in 2020, compared to previous years, and it is impossible to know if these deaths were incorrectly attributed, or whether the impact of the pandemic on hospital services is to blame.

Two weeks before the American presidential election, the question of the management of the pandemic by the American administration is more than ever a political issue.

The Democratic candidate, Joe Biden, accuses his opponent Donald Trump of having refused to act quickly, and of still not having put in place a national plan to quickly detect possible cases of contamination, in particular.

Donald Trump, he says that the pandemic is on the decline, and recently denigrated his main expert in infectious diseases, Dr Anthony Fauci.


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