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Communities of color are dying at higher rates from the novel coronavirus than white Americans. Here’s how structural inequities play a role.

USA TODAY

As the U.S. approaches nearly 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic, a new report this week provides further evidence that Black, Latino and Native American households are bearing the brunt of the outbreak’s economic fallout. 

Nearly half of U.S. households in the nation’s four largest cities reported serious financial problems amid the pandemic, according to a series of reports called “The Impact of Coronavirus.”

NPR, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health conducted a five-part polling series in July and August of more than 3,400 adults in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston. The researchers asked residents about their finances, employment, health care, housing, transportation, caregiving and well-being amid the pandemic.

According to the survey, approximately 17%