New information means that Black persons are disproportionately struggling this flu season.
In keeping with the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, Black folks with the flu are being hospitalized almost 4 instances greater than their white counterparts — the hospitalization price for Black flu sufferers landed at 22.6 per 100,000 inhabitants as of November 19, whereas white sufferers have been hospitalized at simply 5.9 per 100,000, per BET.
The stats mark the primary yr since 2010 that the hospitalization price for Black flu sufferers has been greater than 3 times that of their white counterparts at this level within the season.
This yr additionally has seen a rise within the general price of individuals sick with the flu. Individuals are contracting the virus at a price almost 14 instances greater than the standard common.
In keeping with Harvard College’s T.H. Chan College of Public Well being, flu circumstances drastically decreased in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic partially attributable to social distancing and face coverings. Now that these practices have waned, Individuals have once more develop into extra prone to contracting the flu.
The CDC estimates that there have been no less than 6.2 million circumstances of the flu, 53,000 hospitalizations, and a pair of,900 deaths as of November 28.
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