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COVID-19 Has Shown 'Ugly Truth' About Racial Disparities, But Gaps In Data Remain

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The pandemic has affected every person’s life, but there is consensus that communities of color — especially Black and Hispanic — have been affected the most.

However, in Massachusetts, the data to prove that is hard to pin down.

By April 2021, Black residents made up 6.5% of deaths in the state, which is a bit lower than the percentage of Black people in the population. Hispanic residents made up 8.5% of deaths, compared to 12% of the population.

But research analyst Abby Raisz of the UMass Donahue Institute said these numbers don’t tell the whole story.

“That's because white people are older. They’re just a much older demographic than the Hispanic or Latino population, which is very, very young,” Raisz said. “So it's ... a not super accurate way of looking at deaths."

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