Covid-19 Fatality Rate in Brazil is Higher Among Blacks and Illiterate

The death rates directly reflect socioeconomic inequalities, in addition to other factors such as age and geographic distribution.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Covid-19 epidemic has further deepened Brazilian inequalities, as shown in the latest note from the Center for Health Operations and Intelligence (NOIS), a group of academics based at PUC-Rio University. Race is the largest contributing factor.

In any statistical segment of victims, the chance of a black or mixed-race individual dying from Covid-19 is always greater than that of a white person. The peak of this gap occurs in the comparison between illiterate blacks and higher-educated whites - 80 versus 19 percent.

The group used data from the Ministry of Health . . .

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