Who gets hospitalized for Covid-19? Report shows differences by race and sex

“This virus is exposing a lot of holes and gaps in our ability to deliver care,” said Taison Bell, a critical care and infectious disease physician.
A man walks in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of New York. Source: Mark Lennihan/AP

The first federal report on who requires hospital care for Covid-19 in the U.S. has found that more men than women have been hospitalized for the disease, and that African Americans disproportionately need hospital care.

An published Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention includes hospitalization data from a surveillance network tracking Covid-19 in 14 states —  covering roughly 10% of the U.S. population — including statistics by race and sex. Reports from a small number of cities and states have suggested that the new disease is affecting Black Americans especially hard, prompting doctors, lawyers, public health officials, and lawmakers to call for a national breakdown of cases

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