African-Americans are more likely to test positive for - and be hospitalized with - the novel coronavirus than white people, a new study suggests.
Researchers found that black adults in the US were three times more likely to test positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, compared to white adults.
Additionally, black coronavirus patients were nearly twice as likely to be admitted to the hospital in comparison with their Caucasian counterparts.
The team, from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, says the findings show that racially diverse communities need increased efforts in testing and treatment to lower both their infection and hospitalization rates
A new study from the University of Michigan found that, of the more than 1,100 people who tested positive for COVID-19, 41.8% were black and 13.2% were white - a three-fold increase. Pictured: Healthcare workers push a patient into a less intensive unit from the COVID-19 Unit at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas, July 2
African-Americans with coronavirus were nearly twice as likely to be hospitalized compared to Caucasians, but not more likely to be admitted to the ICU or die (above)
For the study, published in JAMA Network Open, the team looked at nearly 5,700 patients who were tested or treated at the University of Michigan between March 1 and April 22.
Outcomes for these patients were tracked through July 28.
Researchers looked at factors including race, age, smoking, body mass index and pre-existing conditions such as type 2 diabetes and kidney disease.
Among the more than 1,100 patients who tested positive for the virus, 41.8 percent were black and 13.2 percent were white - a three-fold