Dead body with toe tag Unless 2020 sees 700,000 to 1 million excess white deaths, life expectancy for whites, even amid COVID-19, will remain higher than it has ever been for Blacks. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve heard numerous reports about the disparities of its impact: the disease was hitting frontline and “essential” workers harder than other populations, and minority groups were more likely to suffer complications and death from the virus.

A new study from demographer and sociologist Elizabeth Wrigley-Field writes in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, puts the spotlight on how significant the health impact of racial inequality is in the United States by comparing not only COVID-19-related mortality rates among Black and white Americans, but how those compare to pre-pandemic mortality rates.

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Charles Toutant

Charles Toutant is a litigation writer for the New Jersey Law Journal.

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