Black and Hispanic Americans with Lupus Experienced More Severe COVID-19 Outcomes
A new study examined the relationship between race, ethnicity and COVID-19 outcomes in people in the United States with lupus. Researchers found that Black and Hispanic individuals with lupus experienced more severe COVID-19 outcomes, which is consistent with the general U.S. population.
523 people (486 female and 37 males) with lupus and COVID-19 were included in the study. Data showed:
- 74.6% of people were not hospitalized
- 13.3% of people were hospitalized with oxygenation
- 8.3% of people were hospitalized without oxygen
- 3.8% of people died
Black and Hispanic individuals had higher odds of more severe outcomes than White individuals. The researchers note that these results likely reflect health disparities explained by gene-environment interactions as well as social and socioeconomic factors (including poverty, educational level, lack of health insurance). COVID-19 outcomes were associated with comorbidities (other co-occurring illnesses) which are more common or severe in Black and Hispanic populations.
People with inflammatory diseases like lupus should take extra precautions to avoid exposure to the COVID-19 virus since they are more vulnerable to viruses and development of other illnesses. Talk with your doctor if you have questions or concerns and learn more about COVID-19 and lupus.
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