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Asian Americans and COVID19

According to researchers at University of California at San Francisco, School of Medicine1, Asian Americans in San Francisco are dying of COVID19 at a higher rate than Blacks or Latinos.

As of May 4, 2020, in the city and county of San Francisco, there have been 1754 total cases of COVID19 and 31 deaths2.  Asian Americans comprised of 13.7% of all cases but 52% of the deaths.  Among those infected, 6.7 % have died, the highest proportion of all racial/ethnic groups.

In addition, according to American Public Media, a non-profit public radio group, corroborated these statistics: The actual crude death rate per 100,00 by race/ethnicity,

Asians lead at 78.7(combined groups of Asians (30.7) and pacific islanders (48.0)), Blacks  73.7, Indigenous people 60.5, Latinos 37.2, White 32.43  The combined cohort of Asians and Pacific Islanders and COVID19 death rate is similar to that of African Americans.


1.High Mortality from COVID-19 among Asian Americans in San Francisco and California.  AsianArch.  Published May 2020.

2.Demographics of COVID-19 Cases and Deaths. DataSF. Published May 5, 2020. Accessed July 31, 2020.

3.The Color of Coronavirus: COVID-19 Deaths by Race and Ethnicity in the U.S. APM Research Lab. Published May 8, 2020. Accessed July 31, 2020.

By Dwight Lubrin


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