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Black, Hispanic and Asian populations are at higher risk for COVID-19 and ICU admission, according to new study

Healthcare workers in Miami, Florida, administer COVID-19 tests at a 24-hour drive-through site set up by Miami-Dade County and Nomi Health on August 30, 2021.
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Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, or @townsquaretalk.

A new study shows that Black and Hispanic Americans are the most likely to contract COVID-19.

And Asian Americans are at highest risk for ICU admission.

This was based on a US meta-analysis and systematic review of data on 4.3 million patients.

The study was designed to uncover the link between socioeconomic determinants of health and racial disparities in COVID-19 outcomes.

So today, we dig into COVID and race.

What are learning about health disparities and how to address them?

A co-author of the study is here to discuss, and local medical experts will also unpack the latest COVID headlines.


Harrison Li

Dr. Richina Bicette

  • Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. Catherine Troisi

  • An infectious disease epidemiologist and faculty member at UTHealth School of Public Health

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