TAMPA, Florida. “According to research, working-class Americans have died from COVID-19, five times more in the first year of the pandemic than those in high socioeconomic status,” he said.
A surprising disproportion was found in a study of 69,000 coronavirus victims in the United States between the ages of 25 and 64 who died in 2020. This was done by a team of researchers, including Jason Salem, an epidemiologist at the University of South Florida.
The authors of the study found that 68% of the deaths they studied were among people with low socioeconomic status, who were identified as workers whose education had stopped in high school. Only about 12% of deaths were among people in high socio-economic status, who were identified as having at least a bachelor’s degree.
researchers he said The majority of the working class in the United States worked in blue-collar, service, or retail trade Until vaccines became widely available in 2021, the virus could not work remotely in its first year.
“Our results support the hypothesis that hazardous working conditions were a major driver of joint socio-economic, gender, and racial / ethnic inequality in COVID-19 mortality,” the researchers wrote.
The study found that working-class workers were at “increased risk of infection” compared to higher-paid workers, who had “less risk of transportation, greater ability to work remotely, paid leave, and better access to health care.”
The report comes at a time when Florida and several parts of the country are battling high levels of COVID-19 infection caused by infectious microorganisms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Tampa Bay area is considered a “high” risk of infection, and it recommends wearing a mask in closed public spaces.
Although the investigation Based on lethality in 2020 – before vaccines reduced COVID-19 mortality – Salemi said he believes that the working class is still at high risk of disease and death.
According to him, the results of the study provide a warning about how the pathogen can have a profound effect on vulnerable communities.
According to him, the word “return to normal” means “something completely different” for different people in the United States.
“Some people are still on the line of fire,” Salemi said.
The question facing the country, he said, was what to do to keep workers safe.
Its solutions are: Improving ventilation in buildings, reducing internal ducts; wear high-quality home masks to reduce infections; and introduces paid leave for patients to stay at home instead of spreading the virus.
The study was published in the April review of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. The research team collected temporary data on COVID-19 deaths from the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics. If COVID-19 is considered the primary or secondary cause of death, deaths are included. The center uses the level of knowledge to measure the socio-economic situation.
The study found that the age-adjusted mortality rate for COVID-19 was 72.2 deaths per 100,000 working-age adults. For those in high socio-economic status, the figure was 14.6 deaths per 100,000.
Researchers have found other differences:
- The age-related mortality rate of COVID-19, which is regulated by the age of Spanish men in the working class, was 27 times higher than the mortality rate of white women in high socio-economic jobs.
- The death rate of black men in the working class was almost 20 times higher than the death rate of white women graduating from four-year college.
- The death rate of black women in the working class was at least 13 times higher than that of white women with a bachelor’s degree.
- Mortality of white men in the working class was four times higher than that of white men in high socio-economic status.
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