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As US COVID-19 death toll nears 600,000, racial gaps persist

Jerry Ramos spent his final days at a California hospital, hooked on an oxygen system with blood clots in his lungs out of COVID-19, his 3-year-old daughter into his mind.

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As US COVID-19 death toll nears 600,000, racial gaps persist

"I must be here to watch my princess develop," the Mexican American restaurant worker wrote on Facebook. "My heart feels broken into pieces."

Ramos didn't live to see it. He died Feb. 15 at age 32, getting not merely one of the nearly 600,000 Americans who have perished in the coronavirus epidemic but another example of the epidemic's strikingly irregular and ever-shifting toll on the nation's racial and cultural groups.

The approaching 600,000 markers, as monitored by Johns Hopkins University, is greater than the inhabitants of Baltimore or Milwaukee. And as bad as that is, the true toll is believed to be significantly higher.

President Joe Biden acknowledged the milestone Monday during his visit to Europe, stating that while new cases and deaths are falling dramatically in the U.S.,"there is still too many lives being lost," and"now isn't the opportunity to let our guard down"

On the way to the latest round-number landmark, the virus has proved adept at exploiting on inequalities from the U.S., based on an Associated Press statistics evaluation.

From the early wave of deaths, in April 2020, Black people were contested, dying at rates greater than those of other cultural or racial groups as the virus rampaged throughout the urban Northeast and African American American towns like Detroit and New Orleans.

By winter, throughout the third and most deadly stage, the virus had gripped the whole country, and racial gaps in per week departure rates had narrowed so much that whites were the worst off, followed closely by Hispanics.

Now, even as the epidemic ebbs and more people get vaccinated, a racial gap appears to be emerging again, with Black Americans dying at higher rates compared to other groups.

In general, Black and Hispanic Americans have less access to health attention and are in poorer health, together with high rates of conditions like diabetes and higher blood pressure. They are also more likely to have jobs deemed essential, less able to work at home and more likely to reside in crowded, multigenerational households, where functioning household members are more inclined to expose others to the virus.

Black people account for 15 percent of all COVID-19 deaths in which race has been known, while Hispanics represent 19 percent, whites 61% and Asian Americans 4%. Those figures are near the groups' share of the U.S. inhabitants -- Black people at 12 percent, Hispanics 18%, whites 60% and Asians 6% -- but adjusting for era yields a clearer picture of the unequal burden.

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